I absolutely love the Vaults Festival, a beautiful fringe theatre festival with an eclectic selection of shows. One show that was recommended to me was Happily Never After, an improvised gothic musical.
I’m always one to enjoy a good improv show, musicals are fantastic, and this one is inspired by Tim Burton’s work, so it sounded amazing.
I grabbed a theatre buddy and headed down to the Vaults. The show started with the improv ensemble, all dressed in black and white of course, asking the audience for a theme for tonight’s show; they asked for a grand parent’s occupation. The winner was quickly found with milliner!
The story was spun without missing a beat, the actors taking quick cues from each other expertly. A cursed hat, a mad hatter, desire, murder, sacrifice and a truly chilling (but hilarious) ending, all presented without skipping a beat with improvised songs so good, they seemed rehearsed!
This troupe really knows how to present improv, a hilarious musical and a decent storyline.
The graffiti tunnel sported some true gems that night as well, as it always does.
The show really suited the venue amd I’m rating it five out of six rainbow sloths.