THE CHOIR OF MAN
FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL 2020
Review by Caris Morcombe
We were warmly greeted with a bit of Irish hospitality, clinking glasses with performers as they wandered through the crowd prior to the show. The Ice Cream Factory Northbridge was almost filled to capacity – wonderful to see for a Tuesday night in Perth. Down to business they welcomed us to the jungle with the Guns n Roses classic and I knew we were in for a good night.
Introductions and banter with each performer connected the audience to each of the 9 characters in the staged pub setting, each hailing from various UK and Irish hometowns. Familiarity was key to the success of the show and it really felt like we were a part of the bar flies – enjoying a few after a long day. Only second song in and they already upped the ante with some audience participation (don’t say you weren’t warned).
They sang, they stomped, and they tap danced. I really appreciated the variety of songs ranging from 80s hits such as The Proclaimers ‘500 miles’ to modern day beats from Avicii with ‘Wake Me Up’. The Choir of Man really do deliver something for everyone. Each voice in the choir delivered its own unique range and if you need any proof you need only wait for that end note in Queens ‘Somebody to Love’. We all waited in anticipation for that one – even the performers. Not just a choir though, the artists also showed us their musical prowess with banjo, guitar and I’m pretty sure a clarinet made it to the stage!
As the night drew to an end I looked at my beer stained notes and concluded that I’d grown very comfortable hanging out with the Choir of Man in their hometown pub. I’ve always viewed a good performance as something that sparks connection and emotion from the viewer. I had laughed, I had stomped along and I had shed a sneaky tear in one of the ballads. Those harmonies will get you. There’s only 2 weeks left of Fringe so music lovers be sure not to miss out. If you like pina coladas and getting groovy with a kitchen mop, The Choir of Man is the show for you.