Set in an American college in 1971, Loserville tells the story of computer geek Michael Dork (Ex-EastEnder Aaron Sidwell), who falls for new-girl geek Holly (Eliza Hope Bennett). But, what should be a smooth path of nerdy first love is quickly interrupted by jealous friends, past secrets and a bone-idle jock with calamitous ambitions. Co-created by ex-Busted member and bona-fide creative genius James Bourne, Loserville is fast flowing, energetic and above all fun from the curtain-up right through to the rock-party finale. Everything is 100 per cent original, from the sweet story to the catchy, toe-tapping songs, and there's a brilliant freshness and contagious energy that makes you want to leap up from your seat and join in.
When it comes to the boys, there's plenty to warrant buying a seat close to the stage. Aaron Sidwell may have played the part of creepy Stephen Beale in EastEnders, but he's well and truly shrugged off that gloomy chrysalis and emerged as very sexy geek butterfly. The character of head jock Eddie belongs to emerging star Stewart Clarke, whose six-pack is so impressive it looks almost drawn-on (it's not – we checked at the after-party), and there's a ever-present troupe of smouldering male dancers in the background. There isn't one scene in the entire play that doesn't feature a hot boy. Lil' Chris is particularly entertaining as awkward, uber-nerd Francis, acting his chops off and making the audience titter with his hilarious chat-up lines.
With all the laughter, colour, and energy of Glee but absolutely none of it's toe-curling cheese, Loserville is an invigorating, happy and joyful way to spend your evening. See it for the feel-good factor, see it for the songs, see it for the hot boys, see it for whatever reason you like – just make sure you see it.
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