Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
Edinburgh 2022: Review: HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's Hall

Edinburgh 2022: Review: HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's Hall

Dolly the sheep takes to the stage to tell her story!

Edinburgh 2022: Review: HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's Hall Hiya Dolly! is a spin on the title of the classic Jerry Herman musical, with an even cuter protagonist. The show retells the story of how Dolly the sheep, the first animal to be cloned from adult cells came to be, and the media storm that followed.

The six-strong cast share researcher and reporter roles, apart from Jessica Donnelly, who is just precious as Dolly. A delightful mixture of adorability and attitude dressed in a kilt and a wig and fringey jumper nodding to her woolly disposition, she leads the audience through the narrative in style, leaping in and out of the story.

Mark Baeuchamp and John Fagan have endearing rapport as the research leads behind Dolly's birth, Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell, respectively. Alana Johnson, Justin Newell and Alice Wilkinson play the remainder of the research team among other characters. Accents slip between Scottish and American in places, but Newell and Wilkinson's "love in the lab" romance is a highlight.

The cast is accompanied by a musical duo, Ciaran McGhee on guitar and Adam Smith on fiddle, leading them in several parodies based on mostly Scottish tunes. While some choruses are better than others, such as "I will clone 500 cells...", the musical narrative is aptly Scottish reflecting the setting of our tale.

The set pieces are fairly static, a desk and microscope here and there, with a pen centre-stage for when the fantastical farm animals start showing up. Direction by Andy Jordan keeps a nice page, pausing for more sincere moments, although the odd comedic character is overly exaggerated.

Vince LiCata's script manages to squeeze in a lot of the science, capturing the frustrating and time-consuming work involved in cloning a sheep but makes sure to introduce less well-known concepts in an accessible manner, with a good pinch of humour to help sell the story, although a couple of jokes about one of the character's eventual suicide should be removed in future runs. A baa-rilliant concept for a show, this science-themed musical comedy is a great choice for the Fringe!

Hiya Dolly! at theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall until 27 August



Related Stories

From This Author - Fiona Scott

Fiona works towards her medicinal chemistry PhD by day but can usually be found in a theatre at night. She enjoys writing about science, musicals and more!

... (read more about this author)

Review: SISTER ACT, King's Theatre, GlasgowReview: SISTER ACT, King's Theatre, Glasgow
November 16, 2022

What did our critic think of SISTER ACT at King's Theatre, Glasgow?

Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Edinburgh PlayhouseReview: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Edinburgh Playhouse
October 26, 2022

Way, way back, what back feels like, many centuries ago, an all-singing, all-dancing revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by Laurence Connor, opened at the London Palladium in the summer of 2019.

Review: DREAMGIRLS, King's Theatre, GlasgowReview: DREAMGIRLS, King's Theatre, Glasgow
October 12, 2022

What did our critic think of DREAMGIRLS at King's Theatre, Glasgow?

Edinburgh 2022: Review: STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE GETTING OFF, theSpaceEdinburgh 2022: Review: STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE GETTING OFF, theSpace
September 1, 2022

What did our critic think of STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE GETTING OFF at theSpace?

Edinburgh 2022: Review: HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's HallEdinburgh 2022: Review: HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's Hall
August 25, 2022

What did our critic think of HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's Hall?