The ultimate cheep'n'cheerful musical sees the Quite Nice Theatre company playing a theatre company putting on an Edinburgh scratch performance for producers. Thom Sellwood plays the composer/writer of Snakes!, a new musical about snakes on a plane. He narrates the piece, describing what would happen in the West End with a megga-million budget, while Will Guppy and Marina Waters act out and sing through the numbers.
It's an obvious construction in many ways, but the company carry it off with real style under hugely difficult circumstances. All three performers play it with a whole-hearted seriousness which allows the piece to exist on several levels.
It helps that Guppy and Waters can sing and dance, so that their performances of Mark Andrewes and Julian Ng's clever pastiches of popular musicals are worth listening to - whatever the wonderful baloney of the plot. They can act, too, so their performances as hired hands brings another layer of humour. Complimented by Sellwood's serious presentation of his musical baby, enthusiastic at times, self-delusional at others.
And, of course, there has to be a love interest, which they work deliciously with the relationships between the three given twists and levels on eye-boggling levels of inappropriateness. A clever idea presented with real attention to details and no a prop in sight.