#EdFringe Day 3: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, GOING UNDERGROUND, WRECKED

While my other few days at EdFringe were really busy and had some real strong points, the third and final day - despite having the smallest itinerary - was definitely my favourite of the three. From one of my favourite musicals of all time to one of the most innovative theatrical performances that I have ever experienced, it was a day full of some of the Fringe's best.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (C Venues - C, Venue 34) by Eltham College
This often overlooked Sondheim treasure is undeniably one of the best musicals ever written and this production by Eltham College highlights that with perfection. Not only is their cast fantastic with perfect vocal and stage performances by all (with special props to Ruari who plays Charley so superbly, especially with his performance of 'Franklin Shepard Inc.'), but the live accompaniment was both impressive and greatly appreciated; it's rare to see a fringe staging of a pre-existing musical with a live band and with a score this stunning, it was fantastic to hear. This show of one of Sondheim's greatest and this production is truly unmissable at this year's Fringe and you'd be a total fool to pass it up.

GOING UNDERGROUND (theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Venue 53) by Bitter/Sweet
Being a part-time Londoner, anything with a tube sign on it when I'm more than 10 miles away from home grabs my attention and the last minute trip to Going Underground was a product of exactly that. Performed by a group of young people, the play takes place inside a London tube carriage and looks at the lives of different people who take the same route every day. It's a fascinating and insightful look into the people we don't know and while it was definitely very cliche with some of the peoples' back stories, it was still a well executed example of the "everyone has a story" concept.

WRECKED (Assembly George Square Gardens, Venue 3) by Fever Dream
Anything site-specific intrigues me greatly so when I saw Wrecked advertised for this year's Fringe - a play set inside a crashed car, where you and five other audience members watch an actress perform from the car's front seat - I jumped right on it. Not only was the production unique in the sense that you're sat in such a strange space to watch a piece, but the writing was surprisingly gripping: I was worried that a play set inside a car for 45 minutes would get boring considering you can only tell the story of a car crash once, a task that surely wouldn't take all of 45 minutes, but the author has managed to make a lot out of nothing in a gripping and intelligent way. The piece doesn't make total sense until the very end when you have finally strung all of the things you've been told together and you're left feeling uncomfortable in the best way possible. Wrecked is undeniably a total must-see at this year's Fringe, even if only for the good conversation topic it makes.

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