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Medusa’s First Kiss (Susan Elkin reviews)

Medusa’s First Kiss continues at the Little Angel Theatre Studios, London until 21 April 2024.

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

This show is an affirmation of “otherness” predicated on the natty notion that you will find a version of almost every character in Greek mythology in a 2024 comprehensive school. Of course, it’s name is Olympus High.

Medusa – I saw the show’s composer and lyricist Holly Mallett in the role (it’s a collaboration with director, librettist and lyricist P Burton-Morgan) – is definitely “different”. She has hair made of snakes for a start and, in this instance, they are small knitted tassels on her hat that chat to her and sing with her. At other moments there are larger snakes – or monsters – also knitted, and they’re pretty benign too.

The dialogue acknowledges that we’re seeing off two sorts of monsters here –  the real and the metaphorical – and the idea of “in the face of unwanted attraction we turn them to stone” is fun: literal in the original myth but meaning something about assertiveness in this context.

As various characters appear …

Read the rest of this review at Musical Theatre Review

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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