Choir of Man
- Henry Northmore
- 5 August 2018
Relentlessly upbeat pub sing-a-long
Welcome to the Jungle: a pub packed with sensitive manly men, with beards and/or ponytails, who can't help bursting into song. Good looking and rugged but in a safe cuddly way. The set features a working bar as they pour pints for a few lucky punters (and reward anyone dragged on stage to be serenaded up close and personal). There's a cheesy, slightly cringey intro to all nine members of the Choir of Man and this mythical bar that remains untouched by time and urban development.
Their set veers wildly from Guns n' Roses (you can guess what track), through Katy Perry ('Teenage Dream'), Adele ('Hello'), Queen ('Somebody to Love) to 'The Impossible Dream'. Basically if it's a huge hit, it's fair game. Singing over a backing track with added live piano and guitar, a few gags and some simple but effective choreography, it's a well-polished production that manages to make this seemingly random mix flow seamlessly. There's not quite a narrative, more a theme of brotherly love and matey bromance. It's also impossible to deny they have decent voices, best showcased on an a capella rendition of Sia's 'Chandelier.'
Choir of Man know their audience and embrace the cheese for an unapologetically populist show and it's hard not to be worn down by their relentless upbeat energy and slick stagecraft.
Assembly Rooms, until 26 Aug (not 13), 8pm, £15–£17.50 (£14–£16.50).