New musical Thor & Loki puts warring siblings together in order to save the world. Does it have that superhero magic? Jonathan Penney reviews:

As war fast approaches, the fate of the world lies in the hands of Thor (the God of Thunder) and his sister, Loki (a shapeshifting giant). In this new musical, the titular characters must put aside their differences and work together to save the world from mass destruction. However, how can this be when Thor hates violence and Loki is out of revenge?

Thor & Loki reinvents the two main characters, but not in a positive way. Thor (Harry Blake), supposed to be the powerful and strong God of Thunder, who protects Asgard against all forces, has been reduced to a weakling that does not resemble the initial character. His sister Loki (Alice Keedwell) is also initially drawn as a feisty and sarcastic being, but this also also been stripped away in replacement for a wimpy, cinnamon bun-baking version that doesn’t vaguely resemble previous iterations. Also the writer, Blake removes all integrity of these characters in an attempt at being comedic. They lose all personality that has previously been built by their separate franchises.

The narrative is based around a war approaching, which sounds exciting in theory. But the execution of this onstage is highly disappointing under Eleanor Rhode’s direction. At some major points of the story, the audience are left to imagine what is taking place as the action is set offstage – not what one may envision when attending a musical about heroic superheroes. With the cast also acting as the band, the show is even more confusing – still in character and so out of place throughout the performance.

With a forgettable soundtrack, anticlimactic ending and a cheap attempt at comedy, new musical Thor & Loki is really not the most heroic adventure that is initially described to be.

 

 

★★☆☆☆

Thor & Loki runs at Assembly Roxy as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 until 26 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.