This Wednesday afternoon promised to be as uneventful as any other regular weekday – and a particularly unpleasant one due to the rough weather conditions. While the clouds above Church Square were mediating between rain and snow, a group of students gathered by the church for a surprising performance of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”.
They were none other than the dedicated cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Based on the popular Victorian urban legend, this student production adapts Hugh Wheeler’s novel and Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed music and lyrics to create one of the most anticipated shows of this year’s On The Rocks festival.
The cast performed “Ballad” three times to a continuously growing crowd, and while the heavy rain was less than ideal, it eerily matched the dark tone successfully set by the talented vocalists. The more the cast invited pedestrians to “attend the tale of Sweeney Todd”, the more confident they grew, and as the production moved to the Cloister of St Salvator’s Chapel, the flash mob truly lived up to its potential. An enthusiastic passerby applauded and asked for more.
Sweeney Todd will be performed on three consecutive nights from 8 to 10 April at 7:30 p.m. in the Byre Theatre.