Denise has more fun
This article is from 2009.
Blondes is exactly what you’d expect it to be like. Graham Norton on voiceover introduces Denise! Van! Outen! and with a razzle-dazzle and a boop-boop-be-doop she shimmies her way onto the stage, belts her way through hits from Dusty, Madonna, Britney and, of course, Blondie, shows some family photos, reveals a little about her own heartbreaks and banters saucily with an audience who clearly adore her.
Some of the humour seems forced: jokes about apartheid seem to have come from co-writer Jackie Clune’s pen and sit rather awkwardly in our gal Den’s mouth, and it takes her a rather stilted 15 minutes to ease her way into her script at first. There’s also the odd bit of product placement slipped in there: we’re pretty sure other supermarkets are available.
However, there’s no denying that she’s got a splendid set of pipes on her. She puts her all into every song, seems completely at her ease talking honestly in front of an audience, and there’s a nice little story about Bonnie Tyler and a toilet brush that should tickle the faithful.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, until 31 Aug (not 25), 5.50pm, £13.50–£14.50 (£12.50–£13.50).