Review: Fisherman’s Tails, 4Front Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, By Hannah Goslin

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Most of us know the story of Jesus of Nazareth and his disciples. But have you ever seen a nautical depiction of this tale?

Fisherman’s Tail combines essentially all of Jesus’s life story into one hour, filled with fun, music and plenty of fish.

While normally, as an agnostic, I would not necessarily pick a show linked to religion, I was pleasantly surprised and came out feeling pretty entertained and uplifted.

It may be based on religious stories, but it ultimately is a story of friendship, forgiveness and definitely enough fishing jokes and antics for all the children in the audience.

The live music, played on string instruments and percussion is joyful, folk-like and catchy. It has a tiny twist to make the story fun and not like the stuffy bible speeches we had in British primary schools. It feels like a new story and it feels exclusive to us.

The performers all work in harmony, with little dances, great interaction and with fully formed character’s. The only criticism I would give is when doubling up, for me there needed to be more distinction – a change of hat, a different stance, just something over the top to bring that new character to the forefront for us.

Fisherman’s Tail is for everyone, religious or not. It is good fun, interactive, and a heart warming production.

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