Bereavement is an emotive topic, so it is surprising then that ‘Bereavement: The Musical’ is such a listless piece. The musical looks at six characters going through the loss of a loved one and how they react to this tragedy. The story-line is vague and the characters are generally not engaging, while the mixture of comedy and darker elements should have the potential to work, but actually makes the show feel muddled and cringe-worthy. The musical routines are performed well, with excellent vocals from the performers and good choreography, though they rarely complement the overall story. Ultimately it felt that too much had been crammed into this production, to the point where it is hard to understand what the creators are trying to convey.
C, 2-27 Aug, 7.40pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Miranda Cannibal]