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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Ben Elton - The Musical
One of the greatest comedy writers in iving memory. The Man from Auntie who challenged Thatch. Saviour of the Blackadder series. A promising life turned horribly wrong. Can Ben be saved from turning into the 'farty' he once hated?
Dan Thomas' first Edinburgh Festival show is an all-singing, part-dancing one-man spectacle-acular, spoofing classic musicals and 80's pop hits.
Oh dear. This concept is so spectacularly misjudged, it's not funny in any sense of the word.
By parodying the shit musicals of Ben Elton with another shit musical leaves us wallowing in so much of the stuff that no amount of irony will save it.
For what it's worth, the idea is this. Nine years hence, Ben Elton suddenly realises his once-sparkling career has turned to bland commercial pap, so he decides to harness his West End 'talents' to tackle politics once more, challenging apathy and injustice through another cheesy musical.
It gives Dan Thomas the chance to rewrite lyrics from Eighties pop stars ranging from Elton John to Abba to reflect the state of the world. But they have to be bad parodies for the central concept to work which doesn't make it any the more entertaining for us. And the idea that Elton's lost his way is overstated and already obvious.
There's a silly Casio soundtrack, and some nonsense involving the supervillain Andrew Lloyd Thatcher, which allows a nice visual joke of the composer wearing half a mask of the former PM, in true Phantom Of The Opera style.
Thomas offers another couple of similarly extravagantly silly
moments; the revealing of his poor-quality drag Kate Bush and
his one-man gay protest march make for daft images, but they're
but fleeting moments in a hour of cringeworthy viewing. Thomas
and his director, the normally reliable Toni Arthur-Hay, should
really have noticed this well before it hit Edinburgh.
We absolutely loved this show from start to finish and by the sound of the laughter around us the rest of the audience felt the same way. We can't wait to see what Dan Thomas does next. He is one to watch out for in the future.
The worst thing I saw while up... I think it's the only comedy I've ever walked out on.
Absolutely dreadful. We walked out after twenty excruciating minutes.
A fantastic fast performance of sketch, song and panto and all done by one amazing man. The timing with his video screen was spot on and hilarious to watch. Gags, tunes and an ever so spitting image style Thatcher/Loyd-Webber character gives the story (yes there is one and it is about saving the world) even more of a spin. Very easy to laugh out loud watching this man and his show. Talent like this should be seen more and given a real chance. One to watch as a future star.
An inspired turn. Dan's breathlessly fast dissection of all that has gone wrong with Ben Elton at times left the audience wondering where to laugh or applaud such was the speed with which he produced one devastatingly destructive lyrical turn after another. Yet by the middle of his use of Abba to depict the middle east crisis, the audience gave up being polite and just fell about, before eventually finding it the most natural thing in the world to spontaneously join in with a rendition of "Tomorrow" and applauding Dan from the stage raucously. A pleasant surprise and clearly Dan has much to offer in the future too.