Review: Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose
4★★★★

The company behind Vampire Hospital Waiting Room this year presents a new farcical comedy at the Fringe: Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair. It’s as balmy as it sounds: Six actors, along with four talented musicians, sing and dance their way to the end of the world.

The passengers consist of: A deranged captain who wants to resurrect his drowned love; the captain’s assistant, who is in turn in love with the captain; a fun-loving Ozzie; an old couple; and a nun. It’s fun, it’s silly and it’s absolutely hilarious throughout. With puns and double entendres galore, it’s guaranteed to make you laugh.

The songs are of a consistently high-standard, although they’re sometimes a bit too fast to follow. You might not be singing along to ‘Six inches of face’ in the shower, but it’s enjoyable whilst it lasts. All the actors give vigorous performances, deliberately hamming it up and laughing along at any unintended slip-ups. The story makes little to no sense, but that doesn’t matter when the dialogue is so witty and the jokes so sharp. Anyone who enjoys a good musical, a trashy B-movie or both will find much to love in Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair. But remember, one of the ten Cruise Ship Commandments is: Don’t fall in love!

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, 1- 26 August

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