The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Aug 6 2017 | By More

★★★★★   Trash Hit

C Too (Venue 4): Thurs 3 – Mon 28 Aug 2017
Review by Sarah Moyes

Local youngsters from the MGA Academy bring trailer-trash America to the heart of Edinburgh in this hilarious and entertaining production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

The show dives right into the relationships of the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Florida. Notably Pippi, a stripper on the run, Norbert, a toll collector, and Jeannie, his agoraphobic wife.

The cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Pic Toby Jeffries.

From the moment you step into the venue you’re treated as a new visitor to the infamous trailer park, with the characters going into the audience to introduce themselves as you take your seat. The production makes great use of the small space and the show is really brought to life by the cast sitting at the front of the audience, rather than running off between scenes. It means you feel like you’re actually in the show rather than just watching it.

The story is told by three gossiping residents who break down the fourth wall speaking directly to the audience throughout. Megan Jarvie plays the sensible mother hen of the group, Betty, and Charmain Leitch is the fierce and wild Lin (or Linoleum – she was named because her mother gave birth to her on the kitchen floor). But it is Pickles played by Alisa Biggersatt who steals the show with her hilarious thoughts and dizzy one-liners.

tattooed bad boy

Scott Coltman as Norbert and Grace Rhatigan who plays Jeannie make a great pairing as the loving couple who hit some marital problems leading to Norbert’s unlikely affair with stripper Pippi, played by Georgia Fish.

It’s not long before Jeannie finds out about the affair and Pippi’s ex Duke turns up in Florida. Alistair Robertson takes on the role of the tattooed bad boy who happens to find himself to be the long lost relative of one of the trailer park’s longest married couples.

Songs like This Side of the Tracks are brought to life by the live band on stage. The use of props such as toilet brushes being used as microphones on Flushed Down the Pipes or someone playing a dead deer on Roadkill make the songs really stand out from each other.

This production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical is fresh, hilarious and upbeat, the sort of musical that will easily brighten even the rainiest of days in Edinburgh.

Running time one hour 25 minutes (no interval)
C Too, St Columba’s by the Castle, Johnston Terrace/Victoria Terrace, EH1 2PW (Venue 4)
Thursday 3 – Monday 28 August 2017
Daily: 7.10pm.
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  1. Judith Delissen says:

    Fab review especially for most of the cast starting out on their ambitions to have a career on the stage. Good luck to all hope your dreams come true

  2. Lorna Gellatly says:

    Saw this show tonight and it was amazing. Very talented young people. It was nice to feel you were part of the show. Especially loved Pippi,. Hope they can all follow their dreams