What: The Choir of Man
Where: The Moa at Gluttony – Rymill Park
Duration: 80 minutes
Genre: Music / Theatre
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Direct from the stages of their world tour, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and two hit Sydney Opera House seasons, Choir of Man are back at the Fringe with their good-time powerhouse vocals smashing your favourite pub classics, rock ballads and pop hits.
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 Cappella and others backed by an assortment of instruments – guitar, banjo, violin, piano, percussion and clarinet. 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 English humour. Again, if you are lucky, you may score another pint as the cast run around handing out extras! Unfortunately I missed out on the beer this year as, coming direct from another show, I was near the end of the long queue.
Near sell-out shows for every gig is testimony to the reputation this group has developed over recent years and it is one of the “must-see” shows of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Not only is the concert set in a pub, but it has a real working bar from which the cast will pull pints and invite audience members to come and drink in the action!