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Out of the Blue
Published on Tuesday, 06 July 2010


C plaza (venue website)
5-30 Aug (not 20), 4:15pm (5:05pm)

If you spend any time at the Fringe, you're bound to run into Out Of The Blue: one of the most hard-working groups in the Festival, they're often found touring the city, belting out samples of their a cappella melodies to anyone who's passing by.  And the same enthusiasm for their music pervades their energetic on-stage act - back for a sixth year for in their customary afternoon slot at C.

Out Of The Blue

The emphasis is on fun with this show: bank on quirky choreography, a few bursts of showmanship and an unexpected musical twist or two.  The award-winning student singers, named after the dark-blue regalia of their alma mater Oxford, have won a loyal following for their musical mastery and charismatic charm.  And the critics love them too; even our own Lee Zhao, never the easiest man to please, declared them "head and shoulders above most of the musical offerings in Edinburgh this year".

If there's one criticism we'd make, it's that the show's rather short - at 10 minutes under an hour, you might leave feeling that you want a little more.  But that surely won't stop the group's regular fans flocking down to their new, larger home, in the university's George Square Theatre (rebranded for the Fringe to "C plaza").  One warning: they pretty much always sell out, so it's worth booking early for this joyful, harmonic treat.

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