MUSICALS AND OPERA
LIMBO: The Twelve
Gilded Balloon Patterhoose, Other Yin, Venue 24
Performs on even dates until August 24th 15:00
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 stars)
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The American Music Theatre project present the 2nd of the Limbo series of platform musicals with this honest, challenging and deeply emotional musical that delves into the power of a mother’s love and humanities worst trait of judging a person without ever really knowing them.
Jonathan Baurfield’s music coupled with Casey Kendall book and lyrics tells the story of the opioid epidemic that plagues America, using a courtroom drama, the twelve form the jury who sit in judgement of a dead addict, she has once chance to come back from the dead if all 12 agree that she should have the chance. Connections, relationships and secrets are revealed in this beautifully written piece.
The cast is without a shadow of doubt excellent delivering the piece with raw emotion and truth that sweeps the audience along from the off. Director Ryan Cunningham has carved a finely tuned production with great pace timing and flow that soars to the heights of taking the breath away as well as bringing the audience to a standing ovation as the conclusion of the story is revealed.
It’s hard to believe this is a platform musical and we can only hope it has a future after the festival and this really is the strongest contender in the musical theatre programme to deserving bigger and better things.
As you leave the theatre, drying the eyes you do think deeply about judgement and how far you would go in the name of unconditional love, Make sure you see Limbo: The Twelve at allow its power to move you and leave a moment that lasts long in the memory.