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EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: EUROBEAT, Pleasance Grand, 8 August

On the way into the theatre for Eurobeat, Audience members are issued with the flag of their nation for the evening. BroadwayWorld were representing Norway for the duration of this performance and you are required to wave your flag and loudly support your country. The winner of each performance is decided by a text vote, so the outcome is different every night. Unfortunately, we were robbed of our crown by Vatican City.

The songs featured in Eurobeat are inspired. Some of the highlights include tracks such as I Wave My Arms So Frantically and Bang Me (I'm A Drum). The production is littered with earworms and it has been a long time since I've left a new musical knowing so many of the songs.

The hosts of the competition are outstanding. Rula Lenskais perfect as former KGB agent Katya Kokov and I was incredibly impressed with Lee Latchford Evans as three-time winner of Moldova's Got Talent, Nikolae Nikovsky. The innuendo is rife and the cultural stereotypes are brilliant and all delivered completely deadpan. The entry for United Kingdom was a group of Morris dancers from Dorset, and Norway's act performed as vikings.

Eurobeat cranks the cheese factor right up and I hope it finds life outside of the Fringe, because it should be seen by as wide an audience as possible.

Eurobeat is at the Pleasance Grand until 29 August

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