They have become Fringe stalwarts, but never guilty of resting on their laurels, the Police Cops are back in Edinburgh, ahead of a London run, with a reworked version of their fantastically funny hit show, Police Cops The Musical.
If you’ve seen the show before, and this is the kind of show that gets lots of repeat viewers, the thrust of the story remains largely the same. Young Jimmy Johnson seeks revenge for a family tragedy and vows to become the ‘best damn police cop ever’. Teaming up with a bitter former cop named Harrison, the pair seek out the evil Harnandez with plenty of hijinks along the way.
Police Cops The Musical is madcap comedy gold; silly, irreverent comedy at its absolute finest and the audience were lapping up every second of it. The founders of the group; Zachary Hunt, Nathan Parkinson and Tom Roe have a wonderful chemistry together on stage, and you can see why their Police Cop series (which also includes Police Cops in Space and Badass Be Thy Name) has been so successful.
The trio are definitely having fun, Tom Roe in particular has a knack for improvising on the spot which his cast mates are then forced to react to, it makes the scripted comedy all the funnier. The cast of five, which also includes Melinda Orengo and Natassia Bustamante play a whole host of different characters and are constantly dashing off stage for another seemingly impossible quick change before returning to dazzle us all over again.
This year, Police Cops The Musical comes with a new score from Ben Adams (one half of Subwoolfer and the genius behind Eugenius). These high octane and catchy songs plant us firmly in the 1980’s, vibrant bursts of electronica work just as well as the comedy ballads and rousing anthems which all make up this musical assault on the senses.
It’s the hardworking cast and creative team that make this show the success it is, and if you thought Police Cops The Musical was a riot before then you’re in for a treat, because this might just be the best damn comedy musical at the Fringe.