Posts Tagged ‘music’

Review – Fascinating Aïda: Cheap Flights, Charing Cross Theatre

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Really very little we can to add to the unqualified rave we gave to the version of Fascinating Aïda‘s Cheap Flights which we caught in Edinburgh and is now boarding for a brief season at the Charing Cross Theatre.

We may not be able to add much but the satirical singing cabaret trio have. Current line-up Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and relative newbie Sarah-Louise Young have worked up an extended version of that show which now comes with extra tunes, an interval but no excess baggage. Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Le Gateau Chocolat, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh Fringe

Wednesday 31 August 2011

Edinburgh may have finished but the Whingers haven’t.

The perfect recipe for Le Gateau Chocolat.

Ingredients:
1 large Nigerian 29 year old male trained in law
Make up
Several frocks
Red glittery lipstick
Lashings of Lycra
A penchant for Barbra Streisand numbers
A soupçon of audience participation*

Method:
Mix the ingredients together gently and simmer charmingly with a seasoning of good-natured, unapologetic, cheeky humour for one hour. Experiment with various toppings, decorations and accessories and sieve through Lycra for the most spectacular results.

Serving suggestion:
Place in a circus like tent, adding music and a justifiably appreciative audience.

The finished product may be slightly improved by turning the result out in a sound-proofed container so that the quieter, more introspective numbers are not drowned by the general cacophony of Fringe revellers outside. Although this is unnecessary for a magnificently emotional rendition of “Ol’ Man River”.

*Sadly not the Whingers on this occasion although each was most keen to see the other humiliated in Lycra.

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Review – Cabaret Whore: More! More! More! Underbelly, Cowgate, Edinburgh Fringe

Friday 26 August 2011

Ironically, it appears to be the Whingers who are becoming the real cabaret whores.

Rather than taking a chance on potentially dreary plays we have been judiciously selecting shows on the basis of our “Likely Fun Index”, a rather complicated algorithm devised and patented by the Whingers to take the risk out of theatre-going.

And it seems that our new tool for seeking out entertainments and being, well, entertained is paying off.

We are indeed being well entertained by entertaining entertainments and having fun.

Sarah-Louise Young, who is currently 33.3 (recurring) % of the fabulous Fascinating Aida is certainly working her arse off on the fringe. This hour long show Cabaret Whore: More! More! More! sees her playing a series of four divas (some generic, others cheekily based closely on real-life ones) before shooting off to join FA at another venue a mere 45 minutes later.

With barely a night off and a month of two shows to perform you really do wonder why some performers in the West End who may only have a few big numbers per show can’t manage eight shows a week.  You know who you are.

We enter the auditorium and are individually and hilariously greeted by Young in character as Bernie St. Claire (blonde but not a lisping stone’s throw from Liza) before seeing her set succeeded by the the other characters including her final one – a fabulously gloomy knife-wielding bitter French chanteuse called La Poule Plombée (the frumpy pigeon).

What’s even more impressive is that Young has written the material herself and not only is her performance remarkable but the material is laugh-out-loud funny. The pastiches of musical styles are spot on (composer Michael Roulston) while the show cleverly and subversively deconstructs the whole performer/audience relationship.

Rather brilliant.

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Review – The Magnets, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh Fringe

Monday 15 August 2011

What has happened to the Whingers in Edinburgh? Is there something in the air up here that has turned their heads? Have Phil and Andrew been spiking each others drinks?

With about 2,500 shows to choose from you’d think we could find more to Whinge about than this. Our rictus grinning continues apace. It really is most dispiriting and unsettling. If this carries on in London we’ll be seeking a new moniker.

What a joyous hour we spent in the company of the extraordinary a capella/beatboxing group The Magnets. Six phenomenally talented and dapper young (everything’s relative) men who rip through a set of covers from Sister Sledge’s “Lost in Music” to Blur’s “Girls and Boys” without the aid of instruments, which must make their travelling arrangements so much simpler.

So nothing to whinge about at all then? Well we wouldn’t have chosen Blondie’s “Call Me” but one of their better (to us) numbers and when the group invite the audience to choose between a sung through A to Z of either band names or film music we were of course screaming for films knowing that we wouldn’t know many of the bands suggested. The bands list was, as expected, voted for and our knowledge of more contemporary music was exposed as scratchy to say the least.

But that is unnecessary peevishness on our part. We found The Magnets’ attraction extremely appealing.

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