Adam and Eve: The Musical (3 stars)

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Adam and Eve: The Musical

While the story of Adam and Eve is not foreign to most people, this musical retelling, with its fair share of knob gags, sexy Satan in Lycra and emphasis on sex, adds a bit of spice to the story. Following the well-known plot of Adam and Eve being kicked out of Eden after being tempted by forbidden fruit, the musical also looks at their lives on Earth, and the realisation that being mortal (and getting aroused) is actually not all that bad.

Although it is slightly slow to start, the introduction of Satan (Gerard McGrath) gets the crowd going. Tail-licking, nipple-pinching, deep-voiced and quite frankly, hilarious, Lucifer embodies temptation perfectly, singing along to loose rhythms and persuading Eve that she is right. Other stereotypes are also dropped in for comic effect. The Tree of Knowledge (who persuades Eve to go back to Adam) has a strong Bristolian accent and the two Security Angels are called Trevor and Bob.

Some jokes are played out too far – there is an entire section devoted to Eve naming the animals and getting it wrong (a rabbit is not a bucket) – but on the whole, the crowd is kept entertained. From Adam (Scott Gilmour) and Eve’s (Claire-Marie Seddon) first kiss being on the chin (of course, they didn’t know how) to Archangel Oliver (Lawrence Libor) having a crush on Satan, Adam and Eve: The Musical keeps it far from dry.

Adam and Eve: The Musical, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 25 Aug (not 12), 12.15pm, £9–£10 (£8– £9).

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