VIRGIN MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS?
VISION THE MUSICAL AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE
Lourdes came to Edinburgh last week, as the cast of VISION staged a torch light procession along the Royal Mile, to the delight of bemused Festival fans and locals. It was a truly awesome sight to witness a group of 40 or so young people, all holding candles and singing “TODAY, TONIGHT, FOREVER”, a song from the show, in the middle of this frenetic feast of arts and culture.
Not satisfied with this, the VISION cast - all members of St Ives Youth Theatre - also staged a red carpet entrance for Bernadette Soubrious in the centre of town complete with paparazzi and screaming fans. Producer/Director Jonathan Salt found himself having to answer the questions of tourists eager to know which celebrity they had just seen. “I just told them that she is very big in France,” he says, laughing, “ and that she's in a show today at 2.30!”
VISION tells the story of St Bernadette and the town of Lourdes in a novel way; the first scene features surprised hitch-hikers arriving at a modern day bar in the town and beginning to ask questions. The show was first performed in 2002 and was followed by a CD launch at Drury Lane in London, sponsored by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and featuring Steve Balsamo as Narrator. Its modern day setting, rock/pop score and agnostic stance have made it a popular show with theatre companies who are looking to stage something new.
“...”to fringe goers - be sure not to miss this one”.
Independent Audience Review, 2009