Batman! Holy Spoof Musical Batstravaganza!
Amateurish and unnecessary spoof of a spoof
Is it possible to spoof something that was already somewhat spoofy originally? In the 1960s, Adam West played his Batman with bat-tongue firmly in cheek, so what made this particular version of the Caped Crusader seem ripe for pastiche to the folks at Two Shades of Blue is hard to see.
On the positive side, there is the odd glimmer of wit in the script, and the Gollum-esque warring personalities of Two Face are excellently portrayed (both stars in this review belong to him). The rest of the cast fail to keep the show moving: deliver is poor and far too quiet, the jokes are tedious and overused, and the singing tuneless. It could be argued that, in the spirit of spoofing, the whole thing was meant to be a bit shambolic, but with source material that managed to be both polished and hilarious, the whole thing feels a bit redundant.
Paradise in St Augustine’s, 510 0022, until 29 Aug, 2.50pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).