Chomp tells the story of a surviving group of soldiers trying to fend off some brain eating zombies, but with a twist. Instead of a conventional play, it has been transformed into an all singing and all dancing show. It’s this type of weird and wonderful idea that you can only get at the Edinburgh festival.
Does it work? Though it has some fun redeeming moments, it lacks any really punchy dialogue. Also the songs seem so trivial, they don’t include any memorable lyrics. Furthermore the performances from all the cast matches what is required for this type of idea.
However the main flaw isn’t that it doesn’t have enough cheesy lines. There is one or two, including “even men zombies are bastards”, but these are few and far between. What the show is crying out for is to embrace the cheesiness within the songs and inject a good doze of humour into the lyrics.
If you take something such as “Eurobeat” from two years ago, this show celebrated the tackiness of Eurovision, in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Chomp could have easily done the same and embraced the B-Movie horror genre. Those types of films are full of amazing one-liners and naff ideas that this show could have easily benefited from.
The idea has potential but the execution is slightly poor. It is more chump than chomp.