Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair is an enjoyable all-singing, all-dancing, musical extravaganza about a fully catered journey to the Apocalypse. Brought to us by Beach Comet, the team who did Vampire Hospital Waiting Room last year and later took it to the West End, I knew this was going to be an adventure that would be worth setting sail for.
This year’s show is set on a Caribbean cruise ship and begins dramatically with a character called Mandy falling overboard. Cut to twenty years later and the captain is still mourning the loss of Mandy. Meanwhile his first mate Fetters is obviously infatuated with him, the cruise director with a comically strong New Zealand accent is about to fall in love with a passenger called Evie (something which is against ship rules) and two elderly passengers are looking for a bit of love and fun on the high seas.
The captain is convinced Mandy is speaking to him from beyond the grave, and he alters the ship’s course to head toward the centre of four massive storms. Can the crew and passengers stop him, or will the coming end of all mankind actually turn out to be a way out of all their troubles?
The six performers sing and dance with enthusiasm and varying degrees of proficiency. The jokes come thick and fast, the plot is over the top and the audience are swept away (sorry) with the fun and plot twists until the huge finale. A rollicking crazy and high energy show, and you can even buy merchandise at the end, if you want to sing along at home afterwards. The songs certainly stick around in your head for a while. Definitely worth the trip.
Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair is on at The Gilded Ballon Teviot until Aug 29th.