theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh (seen in preview)
Space Junk A Soviet Musical tells the story of rise and fall of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin through the narrator Alexey played by Oscar Ginn alongside some extremely well-chosen musical numbers.
It’s well written, the storyline is fluid and flows well throughout the performance. Mike Dorey, as the ill-fated overnight “starman” celebrity Yuri Gagarin, has been well cast and commands the stage with his presence.
With a great selection of music, especially the apt David Bowie songs, this musical play never slows down. The important part is the entire cast work well together and look like they are enjoying themselves.
The band plays additional characters as well as their instruments. My advice is to watch the body language of the drummer Tom Tollyfield as he captures the sarcasm in his role brilliantly. I found him very funny.
There is so much packed into this production from his marriage to Valentina. To various affairs from heavy drinking nights out, the did they/didn’t they relationship scenario between him and his colleague Winkle was a surprise to me. Slipshod has certainly researched Gugarin’s life in much detail.
There is a bizarre drunken stupor Yuri finds himself in one night where he ends up arguing with a life-size bottle of Vodka. Quite a trip to be having. Only at the Fringe.
If you looking for entertainment and education with some good music added in then this is worth taking an hour out of your Fringe schedule to watch.
Three and a half stars.
Space Junk can be found:
At 21:10 from August 2nd-10th and August 12th-17th.
In the Space@Suregons Hall (Theatre 2 / Venue 53).
Tickets available now from the Fringe Box Office.
Cast photographer-Jasper Cresdee-Hyde.