Tribute Acts

No, this show is not about a Cher impersonator, nor is it an ABBA or Take That tribute band. Tribute Acts is in fact a sincere, honest, funny piece of theatre about two girls creating tribute acts to their fathers. Sounds sweet, doesn’t it? Think again.

Direct address makes the performance engaging and the piece goes places you don’t expect.

This dark comedy looks at the tenuous relationship between Tess and Cheryl and their fathers, with whom they haven’t had a proper conversation for a long time. Looking at their father’s political opinions, morals and values, Tess and Cheryl explore the differences and similarities between themselves and their dads. They bring a huge amount of energy onto the stage and in spite of a small audience on the day I attended, they still managed to get us laughing and cheering at the right moments.

Unique and original in form, the piece is a sort of verbatim cabaret and uses cleverly designed projections and sound to make it seem as if Tess and Cheryl’s fathers are actually in the room. The way the girls talk to one another, to their dads and to the audience has a certain charm to it. Direct address makes the performance engaging and the piece goes places you don’t expect.

The opening of the show is very strange and seems to set up a very different theatre experience to what you actually get, but it is still clever and unique. Tribute Acts is a funny and endearing exploration of a not often talked-about subject. As someone who has had similar experiences with my father, I found it quite moving.

Reviews by Joshua Young

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★★★★
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Tribute Acts

★★★★
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★★★★★
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★★★★
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★★★★
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The Blurb

The bad guys keep winning. Cheryl and Tess didn’t expect life to be like this. They dream of simpler times when their Dads were in charge and politicians were like rockstars. Deciding to make a tribute act, they attempt to resurrect their forgotten heroes. But when faced with videos of their fathers, their music doesn’t match up. Tribute Acts is a darkly comic, strikingly honest show that asks whether our remembered pasts are, in fact, a fiction. 'Thrillingly live and committed to dismembering the assumptions that underpin contemporary popular culture. Great fun.' (Brian Logan).