Out Of The Blue

Making a second visit to the Fringe, Out Of The Blue are the Oxford-based all male a cappella group somewhere between Eminem and Gregorian Chant. Opening with Robbie Williams' 'Let Me Entertain You', these boys are a sharp suited beat box who can juggle harmonies with the skill of a knife-thrower.

It's easy to draw parallels with the X Factor finalists G4, but to do so would be a disservice to Out Of The Blue. This group is far cleverer than G4 at this game. Their programme is made up of mostly pop, including George Michael's 'Faith', Blur's 'House in the Country' and a comic look at 'It Must Be Love', served with a cheeky grin. Of course, they are happy to announce the availability of their CD after the performance, and the reaction of the audience each time they deliver another number, makes you sure they'll probably shift a couple this afternoon.

You can't help but be swept away by the pure joy of the performance. I highly recommend you catch this show - it's not life-affirming theatre or offers a hidden subtext; it's just 50 minutes of good solid entertainment.

This year, if the boys make any profit (although they themselves say that might be optimistic - this is the Fringe, after all), they will be donating it to the Maya Childcare Trust of Guatemala, so don't forget to buy that CD.

Reviews by Pete Shaw

Assembly George Square Studios

The House

★★★★★
theSpace on the Mile

Grace Notes

★★★
Greenwich Theatre

The Jungle Book

★★★
Greenwich Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

★★★★
Multiple Venues

A Spoonful Of Sherman

★★★★★
Pleasance Theatre

Assassins

★★★★

The Blurb

The suited and booted brilliance of this all-male vocal sensation returns with a new comic concoction of A Cappella. 'Bravo'