After seeing their production of Badass Be Thy Name at the Vaults this year, which caused me to cry with laughter, Police Cops: The Musical was immediately on my list of shows to see in Edinburgh. Police Cops are a multi-award-winning comedy trio made up of Zachary Hunt, Nathan Parkinson, and Tom Roe.

This musical is a madcap adventure set in the USA in the 80s – Jimmy Johnson has just become a Police Cop and is tasked with investigating a drug lord – travelling to Mexico to do so. The plot is ridiculous, but that’s part of the fun. The show is polished, and that’s no surprise considering it has an off-west end run lined up at Southwark Playhouse next month.

Before the show began a man in the row in front told the person next to him that he has seen the show 3 times. It becomes truly apparent why someone would view this show multiple times as soon as it begins. The jokes come at you so fast it’s impossible to recognise them all, a repeat viewing would probably have you laughing at completely different lines you hadn’t previously recognised. You know it’s hysterical when the cast members crack up during the show. 

The choreography is slick and impressive, but the fight choreography is impeccable – this is an incredibly physical show, the performers were all drenched in sweat by the end and it’s no surprise. Their energy is high throughout, they really put their all into this show and it pays off.

The original score, created by the brilliant mind behind Eugenius!, Ben Adams, is filled with 80s influences, and the songs are catchy and varied. This is the first musical I’ve seen at the Fringe this year where I’ve left with a song stuck in my head. I’d very much like a cast recording, please.

Natassia Bustamante steals the show with her powerful vocals and impressive skills – her well-executed aerial is a wonderful surprise. Tom Roe’s semi-improvised bit in the middle proves hilarious, it’s fun to watch the others react on the spot to it. The entire cast performed tirelessly, their stamina extraordinary. 

Filled to the bring with stupid, but also incredibly witty humour, and satirical throughout, Police Cops: The Musical is a stupidly silly and brilliant show. I have no critiques, this is an excellent piece of comedy musical theatre. I can’t wait to see the show again in London.

So funny it should be illegal.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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