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Fringe Review: The Addams Family @ Paradise in Augustines


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They really are a scream - The Addams Family Musical returned to this year's Fringe Festival as a sellout performance. It is easy to see why. 

We all know the hit theme tune with the infamous harpsichord and clicks of fingers - the musical started out like this, hands peeking out from the curtains to click away. 

Enter our fantastically wicked cast from Bare Productions, Morticia floating about the stage with her elegant stance and Wednesday with a smile not present on her face. The audience was already laughing as the performers kickstarted the show with a catchy song all about being an Addams. 

Image courtesy of Bare Productions

If you don't know what the Addams family are all about, where have you been? But I'll explain this ghoulish group. The Addams family are a fictional family consisting of husband and wife Morticia and Gomez, children Wednesday and Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandmama and family butler Lurch. The family appear as the ideal 20th Century homeowners but they are not aware they are also incredibly frightening as they find joy in everything gruesome and ghastly. 

In the musical, this takes a twist, as Wednesday falls hopelessly in love and becomes... happy? This had the audience's ribs tickled as stereotypically moody Wednesday appeared as a young angsty teenager. 

What I loved about this musical is how the cast incorporated modern, everyday life with the traditional old fashioned setting of the Addams family home. This made the crowd fall in love with the musical even more, with the performers not afraid to try something different with such an old, well-known classic. 

This show was an energetic, lively performance, putting a smile on even the most sombre of faces.

It was fun for all members of the family; an eccentric gig that I can't wait to see return next year at the festival.

The Addams Family ran from August 3rd-10th at Paradise in Augustines. More information about the company can be found on their Facebook page.

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