Mother Vision / David Saint, Pot Noodle The Musical

Review in Issue 20-4 | Winter 2008

Several reviews dismissed ‘the noodle’ as a blatant plug for a tub-based snack. But whilst it was funded and promoted by advertising agency Mother Vision, the company had completely free range over the content (of the show) and early on threw out the script suggested to them. What we got instead was an enjoyable hour in the company of some of the best physical and comedy actors around, directed by a national hero. What’s not to like?

Loosely based on Hamlet, the story goes that evil brother Allan Little (beautifully underplayed by Phil Whelans) kills good brother and noodle factory boss Barry Little (William Owen) so he can spend even more money on prostitutes and yachts. Barry’s lovely daughter (Rhona Croker), assisted by the factory workers (Flick Ferdinando and Ben Frimston), manage to overcome Allan and all ends relatively happily, although Barry is still dead.

Highlights include Flick’s dance dressed as a fly, and later her playing the musical saw; all the cast wearing Captain Ahab style beards as a Barry Little heavenly chorus; and some great ensemble singing. Director David Sant builds drama and tension into the story while keeping the laughs flowing. A bit limited on their small stage, the performers were all adept improvisers, able to relate to audience quips and delivered a tightly packed hour of perfect Fringe entertainment.

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  1. Aug 2008

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Issue 20-4
p. 33