One of my favourite feelings is taking a chance on something and it paying off, and that’s how I felt watching The Ballad of Frank Allen.
Brought to FRINGE WORLD by Weeping Spoon Productions, The Ballad of Frank Allen is a zany tale of a janitor trapped in another man’s beard. Despite the fact it’s a little reminiscent of the Pixar film Ratatouille, it still presents to be refreshingly original.
A truly hidden gem, that’s chalked full of brilliant performances and clever dialogue.
I won’t lie, I honestly did not know what to expect when I came to the city that night, I didn’t even know where I was meant to be going.
Once I got my bearings right and found myself at the Shambles at Fringe Central, I was beginning to get a sense of what was to come. The Shambles is a rather intimate and cute venue, which was the perfect setting for this comedy theatre.
It’s quite simply just two men, with a series of random props, and some well-timed lights. Quite frankly, that was all they needed to deliver a show that kept the audience chortling with a smile on their face.
The Ballad of Frank Allen, will take you on an endearing adventure of sorts, with self-discovery, lasers, a dash of love and even some musical numbers that are so catchy you might find yourself stuck with them in your head hours after the show.
The aspect that was most enjoyable, was the fact that actors really put a lot of heart into their performances and had fun whilst doing it.
If you’re looking for something a little different to check out from your run of the mill comedy, or cabaret – this is a show most certainly worth checking out.
Take a chance. Support the little guy, in this case the really, little guy.