4th – 27th August 2018
Iron Belly, UnderBelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Devised by Jonathan Massey, Matthew Barnes and company.
Cast: Jonathan Massey, Davey Lias, Thomas Gutteridge, Greg Arundell and Louise Waller.
Hot on the back of a tour that travelled to regional theatres in the UK and Poland then London, Shedload Theatre company have arrived at the Edinburgh Fringe.
And the Fringe doesn’t know what’s hit it!
Have you ever rewatched an episode of The Simpsons as an adult and are hit with how brilliantly written and performed the show is? That as a kid you got it on one level and as an adult, you understand it on a whole new level.
That is what Shedload Theatre’s production of Just William’s Luck perfectly executes.
This show could quite easily be a family friendly kids show that you might take your 3-year-old niece along to and endure.
But it is rather bloody marvellous and rip-roaringly hilarious for absolutely anybody and everybody.
Based on an original Richmal Crompton book and incorporating elements of the text into the show, it is essentially a play within a play. The ‘outlaw’s (a group of children led by William), put on a play of an adventure that happened to them all when questing as ‘Gnight’s of the Round Table’ trying to right ‘rongs’. The outlaw’s use whatever they find around them in their den to tell the story.
Crafting together a horse, the famous actress Gloria Gay, using odds and sods to become the defining adults in William’s life and so much more.
Just William’s Luck is one of the most inventive pieces of storytelling I have ever seen.
Using buckets of physical theatre, puppetry and singing, this story is executed brilliantly.
To be honest, there is nothing I can fault about this production. I can not think of a single human being who would not enjoy this show.
The cast are buckets full of energy, vibrancy and a jolly good sense of humour which makes them all fantastic and engaging storytellers.
They are flexible and any small mistakes that happen in the show become utterly perfect and enjoyable as you can see how clearly they all have each other’s back.
I loved this show! Plain and simple, I utterly loved it!
If you are at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer and want to have a jolly good hour of your life, then go and see this show!
My wish as a reviewer is that this show will continue afterwards and continue to do amazing things.