A poetic and poignant piece of storytelling; Choir of Man hit all the right notes in a story of brotherhood, the archetypical pub and the importance of community. Welcome to the pub. As the audience bustle in, the pints are already flowing and being poured straight from the stage, in our local of the evening, The Jungle. The cast mingles on stage, laughing and joking as people eagerly pack Assembly Hall. The excitement is tangible and as the men begin to sing, the room is enveloped in applause.
A story of brotherhood, the archetypal pub and the importance of community
A lively an electric rendition of Welcome to the Jungle bursts through the chatter, readying us for a wild night at the local. The performance is stitched together seamlessly with honest and candid prose; giving us a glimpse into the lives of the men in this choir and the fun to be had together. The idea of unity plays an important part in this show, from audience members dancing on stage to the comradery and closeness portrayed by the cast. These interwoven monologues punctuate the story perfectly and draw those watching into their stories.
Undeniably, the vocals in this show are what make this show a true Fringe gem. A fantastic setlist, performed with dazzling vocals; Choir of Man must be commended for harmonies unlike any other. Every voice blends together, melting to make one glorious sound, as one choir. The control and dynamic of the vocals, throughout the evening, was truly spellbinding. The group’s cover of Chandelier by Sia was devastatingly beautiful, showing off the balance of bass, baritone and tenor effortlessly. If the singing was not enough, the choreography, from sizzling tap to clever and casual movement, draws this show together into an all singing and dancing extravaganza.
This group is overflowing with talent and a clear passion for performing. Choir of Man have a foot-stomping, bring the house down show on their hands and they deserve every bit of success that comes their way.