Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch: Underbelly, Bristo Square, Ermintrude, Ed Fringe
Reviewed 21st August 2019
Following on from the success of multi-award winning production company Fat Rascal Theatre’s hit show Vulvarine comes Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch. ‘Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. But who is the woman behind the tentacles?‘. Audiences are invited to take a dive into the sea to find out what really happened in musical parody about one of Disney’s most hated villains.
Funny, sexy and loud. Think Avenue Q meets Wicked. This show is great fun and cleverly manages to explain quite how Ursula became one of the most notorious villains. Outspoken and strong, Ursula is a fantastic lead. The cast are all excellent and their comic timing is brilliant. Able to play multiple characters convincingly they re-enact the story of The Little Mermaid, except this time from the point of view of the confident, enigmatic Ursula. Throw in some well timed gags, over the top characters and witty lyrics and this musical is great fun. Definitely aimed at an adult audience this is far away from the innocent Disney vibe we’ve come to love, Unfortunate can be crass at some points but generally the jokes are spot on and work really well.
The original songs are powerful and well performed. Whilst perhaps not being the most catchy, they are certainly well written and the lyrics are excellent. The ability to make so many clever references to The Little Mermaid and yet still be an original piece is brilliant. Certainly an engaging and fun show, Unfortunate is definitely worth a watch!