Setting up their stage to replicate the look and feel of The Jungle pub (fully equipped with beer on tap!), the space is decked out with stained glass fittings, wooden panelling, and long communal tables where strangers can quickly become friends. There is a cosy and welcoming ambience that almost makes the whole experience of watching The Choir of Man feel like a massive gathering with mates over a few brews. Paying homage to a "Cheers" style pub, you can be rest assured that everyone will, indeed, know your name and be so, so glad that you came along for a great ride! These types of bars and pubs may now appear to be few in quantity and farfetched in quality, as most British pubs seem to have lost that distinct charm that made them an attractive spot for after-work drinks or a simple catch up with mates on a Saturday night. Luckily, we have the fine guys from The Choir of Man rekindling that love and keeping that memory fresh and alive in its full glory!
Spreading themselves from every nook and cranny of this space, the guys demonstrate an awesome state of synchronized movements and harmonized voices to serenade their audiences with impressive renditions of classics and smash hits. There is a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere that is created by the guys' friendly and easy-going attitude that makes us all feel like we are part of the squad. Each member takes turns in telling a story, which offers a bit of a background to the number that they are about to perform.
This isn't your ordinary music concert-style show, where a bunch of guys get up on stage and sing to you. No, it is so much more - we are spoilt for choice by the impeccable skills that unfold before our very eyes. There are theatrics that entice the audience to take a closer look and appreciate the many talents presented by each of the guys in the squad. While their voices cannot be overlooked, they are enhanced by their elegant skills bringing together a myriad of musical instruments and their impressive choreography that almost makes them appear to move like a wave with ripples forming at just the right moment to reel our attention in and deliver the perfect closing to each segment.
Not only are their voices marvellous and supply as delicious ear candy, but the guys' personality oozes with charm, charisma, and even with a mischievous twinkle in their eyes that instantly makes them well-liked by the audience in no time. If you're one for audience participation, you may even be whisked away by one (or some) of the guys onto the stage and be given a free drink and if your luck is on your side, you may even have a sweet ballad serenaded to you (much to the audiences' envy)! Normally, I'd swear off shows that involve a heavy amount of (involuntary) participation from the audience, but this was one of the few shows where I really wished I had seated myself closer to stage and been picked for a free beer and/or a serenade that would have undoubtedly left me with rosy cheeks by the end of the performance!
The Choir of Man offers its audiences with a solid 80-minute show that packs so much entertainment that it leaves you with a positive high. Despite the show running nearly 30 minutes behind, it was so worth the wait and I distinctly remember walking away with a gleeful glimmer, thinking how it was almost B.T.S. (better than sex)! We have banter. We have foot-tapping music (that could quickly escalate to a full-on dance-off if you dare). We have skilful tap-dancing that needs to be seen to be believed. We have insane levels of energy emanating on- and off-stage. We have a collective singalong. We have free-flowing beers on tap. We have gorgeous hipsters (yes, you read the two words in the same sentence!). We have talents that deserve a standing ovation. We have audience participation that will leave those 'targeted' giddy in the head and with jelly legs for all the right reasons. We have here an electric Fringe show.
I've been recommended to go and watch The Choir of Man by far too many people but by God, they were right! These guys are worth a watch and worth a listen. It's a show that will uplift your mood instantly and put you in an excellent mood for the rest of the night. While I went solo and had a fantastic time, I would highly recommend getting a fun group together (it can be friends, family, lovers - literally ANYONE who loves music and isn't afraid of appreciating well-loved songs by the likes of Queen, John Farnham, SIA, Adele, and many more being remastered), with whom you can sing your hearts out to some of the best in music.
Date attended: 25/02/2020 Overall rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★
The Choir of Man will be performed at Gluttony till March 15, 2020, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.