Even though the entire ensemble and cast deserve a personal mention, I will say that Julian Capolei played an extremely sexy and sleek Vanessa. The audience loved them and their captivating portrayal of Grimsby too. Capolei had the motion of the ocean in their hips and wasn’t afraid to show it!
My only negative would be that I wished the microphones were slightly louder during the songs. At certain points the musicians overtook the soloists in volume. Also when singing alongside the ensemble, the leads got slightly drowned out, I mean, I know they’re under the sea but those important sound waves got lost. Apart from that it all went swimmingly!
This LGBTQ+ tale of empowerment left us rooting for anyone who has ever been excluded for being different. Thankfully, there’s a happy ending after all and Ursula makes friends from her anemones. I was blown away by the level of creativity and energy throughout the show and couldn’t give it any less than 5 stars, or should I say starfish?!
'Seas' the day and get tickets as soon as you can because they are shelling out fast!
This show was reviewed on the 16th December 2023. Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula The Sea Witch runs at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant until the 17th February 2024. Tickets available here: Unfortunate - Southwark Playhouse
Review written by Jasmine Alice
Photo credit: Pamela Raith