Wednesday 15 August 2012 | By Charlotte Mortimer-Talman
ED2012 Musicals Review: Dr Quimpugh’s Compendium Of Peculiar Afflictions (Petersham Playhouse)
A beautiful tale of an expert (retired and troubled) of rare maladies of the mind; follow Dr Quimpugh as he recalls some of the most bizarre cases of his career as a world-renowned psychologist and enjoy this musical feast: a brilliant chamber opera addressing some quite morbid themes as the doctor battles his feelings of a life misused because of the lack of treatments he has devised. Fortunately, he is bolstered by his two “angels”, nurses who encourage him to remember his celebrated discoveries and ease his troubled mind. The relatively small cast performs very well together, changing characters as easily as putting on a hat. With wonderful live music to complement the singing, ‘Quimpugh’s Compendium’ is curiously enthralling.
Summerhall, 3-26 Aug (not 7, 14, 21) 5.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlotte Mortimer-Talman]