(Alice Jones’s article appeared in the Independent, 6/2.)
When is a musical not a musical? When it's a "play with songs". You may have spotted this phrase lurking – a touch apologetically? – below the title of new plays from some of British theatre's finest. First came David Greig's Midsummer, a delicious romp-com which had the two leads sling on guitars and sing about hangovers and bondage at climactic moments. The music and lyrics, by Gordon McIntyre of Scottish indie band Ballboy, were printed in the back of the programme, fanzine-style.
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