What: The Choir of Man
Where: Gluttony – The MOA
Duration: 60-80 minutes
Genre: Music / Comedy
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
This show was winner of ‘Adelaide Pick of the Fringe’ and sell-out hit of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and 2018. This show has it all with high energy dance, live music and foot stomping choreography with the incredible talent of nine ordinary English guys who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock.
On arrival, head up onto the stage and grab a free pint of beer before taking your seat – if you line up early enough you should easily have time to knock off the first pint then make your way back up for another before the show starts.
These guys are polished performers with the MC using poetry to set the various scenes. Their voices are incredible and harmonies are faultless, performing some songs A Capella and others backed by intruments – guitar, banjo, piano, percussion and trumpet. We even get treated to some tap dance.
Audience participation is paramount with some getting “dragged” up on stage to fulfil the relevant scenario. All of it was filled with brilliant musicianship and good-old “Pommie” humour. Again, if you are lucky, you may score another pint as the cast run around handing out extras!
I am going to step out on a limb here and claim this as the best Fringe show I have seen – a big call, but it was the most enjoyable performance I have been to. Please, to quote a former music TV presenter, “do yourself a favour and don’t miss this show!”
I agree totally with the Fringe promo for this show: “Imagine the greatest pub gig you’ve ever been to and multiply it by ten and you’ll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout.”