We all know the story of Disney’s The Little Mermaid right? Wrong! Fat Rascal Theatre company have a new musical, Unfortunate, which tells you what really went on behind the scenes. In the same vain as Wicked, the baddie has the spotlight and there’s more to her than you might think.
Ursula takes us back in time to a young Prince Triton who is searching for his Bride and this sassy octowoman wants her chance to wed the dreamboat. Her goal is to unite the kingdoms in a bid to save the sea and ends up falling tentacle over sucker in love!
But the King has other ideas and vows his son can not wed a… minger. His words not mine. Their true love is ripped apart until many years later when her royal ex beau comes begging for help. His daughter Ariel is an air head. Think TOWIE. She needs guidance and so Ursula devises a plan to teach her a lesson.
A grown up retelling
There you go. You never know what goes on behind dark waters… This is a fin-tastic retelling of the story that’s just for us big kids. There’s swearing, sex and serious piss takes that will shock. They even touch on pressing issues such as climate change, pollution and plastic. It’s really clever scripting.
And the music is incredibly catchy. Parody’s of Part of Your world and Kiss The Girl go down a storm with a more contemporary angle. And the ugly fish finally have their moment, with possible my favourite song, about why they didn’t ‘Make it to Disney’. I only wish the title song Unfortunate was more memorable. It’s a rap that just didn’t work for me. I wanted a defying gravity moment… but nastier.
Co-write Robyn Grant absolutely nails Ursula. She’s a strong independent Octopus with a brassy personality and husky voice that you’d expect from the villain. Sex appeal and naughtiness oozes out like ink. She blew my freakin’ mind.
The surrounding cast aren’t to be messed with either. Katie Wells is a basic, empty headed and very southern Ariel. Allie Munroe entertains as Sebastian, a now Irish red suited crab. Staffan Rizzi rocks a sparkly blue Beard as the lusting Triton and Jamie Mawson had me crying at his stupid, childish and vain Prince Eric. They’re all superstars.
Unfortunate is a magnificent comedy musical that has West End potential. The Little Mermaid is rubbish in comparison.