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Holden Street Theatres
Until 01 Mar 2020

Review by Jamie Wright

As we stood in line to go into the Studio at Holden Street Theatres, the staff offered us earplugs. Yes, earplugs. This came as shock, as I think the only even vaguely musical act I’d seen in that space before had been, over the course of several years, the delightful trilogy of shows from John Hinton – a kindly English chap who dressed up and sang clever and funny songs about Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Charles Darwin.

What, exactly, had I signed up for (or, more accurately, been signed up for by my reviews co-ordinator)?

A damn good time, that’s what. It’s a rock opera about Norse mythology performed by a trio of very talented performers – St John Cowcher (who one of my companions recognised from the hugely popular ‘The Ballad of Frank Allen’ from a few years ago) on lead vocals as the trickster god, Loki; Joe Paradise Lui (Jörmungandr, the Midgard serpent) on guitar; and Gracie Smith (Fenrir, the wolf) on drums/percussion.

Loki describes the coming of the end of the world in verse and song – all of it original compositions penned by the trio. Most of it is very much towards the hard rock end of the spectrum (hence the earplugs) but they balance it out with some softer, quieter numbers. Cowcher is an engaging frontman and the stories are compelling.

It’s captivating stuff and the (almost) hour-long show just flies by as you’re whisked away to the end of the world (both geographically and literally). There’s almost certainly nothing else like this on at this year’s Fringe, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)