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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Unfortunate - The Untold Story Of Ursula The Sea Witch | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022

“We Didn’t Make It To Disney”

Unfortunate: The Untold Story Of Ursula The Sea Witch takes us below the sea and into the dark depths of the evil sorceress’ lair where the Sea Witch herself regales her untold story of how she became, perhaps the greatest villain of all.

With a sparkly seaweed curtain and a 3-piece band stationed on stage, Ursula bursts through the curtain and is ready to spill the ink on sex, sorcery, and suckers. Her sass and bad-ass attitude make her one diva not to be messed with.

The show features some of those familiar faces from the Disney animated film that you hope you’d see – Triton, Sebastian the “Irish” crab, Scuttle, and Eric and Ariel but as you’ve never seen before.

A special mention should go to the cast (of only 5) and their countless fast costume changes and the creative use of puppets, the performances were impressive in bringing the creatures of the deep to life.

The music is super catchy and reminiscent of those sprinkled with Disney dust but with a shovel full of adult innuendos, whilst the powerful vocals enchant and the wonderful witticisms charm the audience.

This parody musical is a great choice for fans of The Little Mermaid, or the Sea Witch herself, and those who want to enjoy a more naughty, nautical show.

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula The Sea Witch is a sell out show so be quick to grab tickets.




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