Edinburgh Festival: Faustus (2 stars)

If singing’s not your strongest point, then elaborate harmonies are probably best avoided. While this musical version of Fringe favourite Faust has a few good vocalists they are unfortunately drowned out by the majority who are flat.

It’s an imaginative production with costumes fusing Victoriana with Goth, and an electronica soundtrack creates atmosphere, but the acting – which ranges from competent to monotone – and delivery of the musical numbers could be stronger.

A court case framing sort of adds a new angle, but really the cast need more training and rehearsal time before tackling a piece like this.

Written for The Scotsman

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