Musical review: A Theory of Justice: The Musical!
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: A Theory of Justice: The Musical! at C (Venue 34), reviewed by Matt Trueman
This new musical by five Oxford students is essentially John Rawls’ Excellent Adventure, as the liberal American political theorist hops into a time-space vortex to track down his eminent philosophical predecessors and – um – chase some tail.
It all starts brightly and there’s a ticklish absurdity to squishing hefty theories (Plato, Hobbes and a barber-shop quartet of utilitarians) into rhyming couplets.
However, a fundamental lack of story structure and a ratty, studenty staging means the whole thing dries up. Shame.
There’s plenty of promise here, not least from the two leads: Harry Styles-lookalike Alex Wickens as Rawls and an arch Luke Rollason as his libertarian nemesis Robert Nozick.
MORE INFO: A Theory of Justice is at C
Originally published in The Scotsman