REVIEW: Edinburgh Fringe – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, C Venue C


“Dust off your dictionary and prepare yourselves for the spelling challenge of a lifetime as six plucky adolescents compete at the Putnam County Bee. A different show every night as audience members compete with the characters to win the title. With music by renowned composer William Finn and an award winning book by Rachel Sheinkin.”

In the space of an hour we are treated to laughter, tears, singing, dancing, a bit of audience participation, oh and spelling, in this absolute gem of a musical from Patch of Blue Theatre.

It is rare to find an ensemble whose every member is, well…there’s no other word for it – perfect. It seems unfair to single out anyone in particular but Ellie Mason as Olive Ostrovsky genuinely moved with one of the most touching and beautifully played performances you’ll  see at the Fringe. That said there isn’t a weak link anywhere in this production. Beg, borrow or steal, just make sure you get a ticket.

Runs at C Venue C until 27th August details here.

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