If your tempted into a ticket for Musik based on the sell of original songs by the Pet Shop Boys you’ve completely underestimated how good an evening in Bijou is about to become. Just wow.
Musik introduces Billie Trix. And if you didn’t know she was an icon before you entered the Assembly Rooms, it’s enshrined on you as you leave.
Billie Trix has fulfilled a commitment to live. Everything about her history is filled to the rafters. From growing up in post-war Berlin, surviving a mother’s judgement- to becoming Billie Trix. And here the tears roll with every name dropped. Jonathan Harvey’s script is a triumph. From Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst to the Beatles and Mick Jaggar. This is the story of a life embracing drugs, rock ‘n’ roll’ and ungrateful children.
The tracks of the Pet Shop Boys run alongside this production. Adding to the commentary and currency. Frances Barber captures as an audience in the raspy, crass and honesty of a women fixated on survival. Content to capture Billie Trix’s role in our history, whether the laughter is appropriate is unknown.
In Musik, as Billie Trix, Barber owns the stage. She’s rough and raw. Breathtakingly hysterical. The soundtrack runs alongside her life, ultimately leading to life under a glitter ball.
Musik is at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can see the production at 21.40 until Saturday 24th August.
Disclosure: This review is part of media accreditation for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All views and opinions contained are my own.