Review: One Song

One Song offers insight into itself

By Jean-Paul Fournier: BTR Writer and Collector of Pictures of Pictures

Here’s another style of live performance that is a staple of Fringe fare… the work in progress.

This festival has often been a perfect stepping stool for new shows to get a leg up in marketing, testing, and finalizing projects. We have seen a countless number of shows start at the Fringe only to expand into worldly successful productions. With “One Song”, we get an introduction from creators Daniel Belland (Cult Cycle) and Calla Wright (The Wind and the Rain) explaining how this had been a concept in development but only in full works from March of this year. And considering this short development timeline, this adorable musical is quite impressive. The two prepped the audience for “a staged reading/workshop” of the work in progress and that they would be honoured for suggestions and comments to furthering the quality.

“One Song” tells the story of two queer kids in the 90s finding comfort in coming out, after experiencing a live performance of “Rent”. Rye, the more outgoing of the two, decides to write a song for the school talent show that assists the two in coming out publicly, however, Jackson is unaware of Rye’s intentions and may not share the same motivation. To be sure that the song is the best it can be, Rye visits multiple characters, researching their thoughts, experiences, and history to make the one song perfect. This allows for some history drops, multiple opinions, and shows how the experience of coming out is different for everyone.

While still a work in progress, “One Song” delivers some lovable characters, some pleasing and catchy tunes, and offers a lovely message with some sincere writing. For those that love musicals, those that love uplifting tales, and for those that are interested in the theatre process, “One Song” is certainly one to support.


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