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Operation Mincemeat Review: A Sparkling World War Two Musical More Fun Than Hamilton

Luxury people can take anything away. It’s a sad reality that we’ve seen play out over and over in modern politics – but it was long before the age of bogus apologies. Back in the mid-20th century, Mincemeat activities — a little-known, morally dubious scheme to help allied forces win the Second World War — is one such example. MI6 will illegally take the body of an unnamed homeless man, dress him up as a Royal Marine and release him into the sea, where his body is believed to have arrived. from a plane crash. To make the lie more realistic, they created a complete personality for the man, doctoral documents to put on his body along with fake records showing that he really was. is trying to invade Sardinia, not Sicily. It’s a plot so ridiculous that it can’t be made up – even for a musical comedy.

Adapting the true story into an award-winning historical comedy musical (a non-connected film starring Colin Firth is due out later this year) is the theater company SplitLip, with an The process is best described as an amazingly high-energy explosion. We have Nazis rapping with sparkling Swastika armbands; feminist national anthem with dance moves “Single Ladies”; and, uh, James Bond author Ian Fleming. It has all the subtleties of an M4 Sherman tank darting from sketch to sketch – and the better for it.

Operation Mincemeat itself was the plan of nerve intelligence officer and insect enthusiast Charles Cholmondeley (David Cumming). While Cholmondeley is smart, he lacks the confidence of Ewen Montague (Natasha Hodgson, taking on the male role with defiance), a clumsy girl mumbling into the pelvic room first. “Monty” tells him that “with your brain and literally everything else on mine” they can easily convince powerful people to carry out the plan. If the nation’s fate in the hands of “very incompetent men” feels a bit like home, it’s a coincidence SplitLip wants to play for a laugh. “I don’t know what’s going on!” “Welcome to British government” was an exchange, while jokes about “drinks at number 10” received some of the loudest laughs.

However, thematic references can feel like a distraction from Mincemeat activitiesreal magic, it’s that it’s an absolutely brilliant musical. SplitLip’s lyrics are dense with puns, each line containing one rhyme per rhyme. Operation Mincemeat has the fast-paced humor of a fringe show, but its full-time musical run never feels like a stretch. Compare with Hamilton and Six is inevitable (it’s a historical musical, where the characters explode in rap – what do you expect?), but Mincemeat activities suitable for music and funnier than both. That certainly makes for exceptional musical talent, both from the live band and the cast. Claire-Marie Hall’s soft soprano tones, which enhance any harmonies, are a particular highlight.

As the five-man cast perfected the characters, stereotypes were relied upon to differentiate their parts. Women play men and men play women (largely to comic effects), but the show isn’t afraid to allow for poignant moments. In one scene, office worker Hester (Jak Malone) offers to write a letter written by the fictional soldier betrothed back home. It’s easy to play this for Mrs Brown’s Boys-esque, “isn’t it funny when a man pretends to be an elderly woman” laughs, but Malone’s performance is so breathtakingly tender that his sexuality dissolves on stage. The song and performance won’t get lost in any non-comedy West End show; the pain in Malone’s eyes felt completely sincere. It’s the clearest display of the threaded heart Mincemeat activities – even among the humorous highlights, jokes and humor of Boris.

‘Operation Mincemeat’ runs at Southwark Playhouse until February 19

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Tom Vazquez

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