Musical Theatre @ George Square
12–31 August (ex.18, 24)  21.05

Porn the MusicalWhy one would embark on composing a musical based around a string of dated sexual innuendoes is beyond me, but Indiscarf have attempted it and it shows this month on George Square. The cast are clearly enjoying themselves and revel in the scrappy nature of the production, but even so ‘Makeshift Man’ and other such admissions of haphazardness failed to win my heart.

It is true that there is a large disaffected between-youth out there that need entertaining at the festival and Porn The Musical is chock-full of nudgey-nudgey, oh-so-subtle references to puberty, mammary glands and Sex and thus has all the required ingredients to entertain early teenagers.

The musical genre tick-box list has been strictly adhered to and some quality singing from the leads make the show watchable. The younger audience members were laughing, and no doubt Sandy’s wonderful bedroom eyes had a few young men dreaming sweetly later. However there was a palpable resentment about the lack of nudity. It was a pity that the other female lead hadn’t realised that occasionally the focus of a scene was not on her.

An intriguingly flashy website will give you an extremely thorough synopsis but it is unfortunate that the company is so advanced in the virtual world and yet so makeshift on the boards – I did not feel it lived up to its domain name.
A notoriously sordid and dangerous industry isn’t really accurately portrayed crammed into an hour of candy-sweet songs and basic choreography.

The final number ‘You Can Go Home Now’ advised us to go away and ‘live your life’ – I couldn’t help but feel relieved. The show would be better as a cartoon, at least the six cast members wouldn’t waste so much energy thrusting or changing between silken dressing gowns.

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