Tamar Broadbent (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Tamar Broadbent

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Musical comedy falls a bit flat

This pocket dynamo of a performer, Tamar Broadbent remains something of a mystery once her debut hour is over. Apologising for the slight delay in the show starting as her family has got itself stuck in traffic on the way in (plausible), we soon meet her ‘dad’ via a framed photograph that should be captioned ‘psycho-builder’. Illusion kicked firmly into touch, she still opts to make a couple of fleeting references to her clan’s tardiness.

Music-wise, she clearly has a bit of talent and can definitely sing, though it’s wasted here on a dodgy rap and a song about maths. It all ends with a Skype call to an industry player: her audition goes horribly wrong then predictably right again, thanks to the by-now all-too familiar celebrity endorsement.

If this is a character creation, it just doesn’t really push the boat out far enough to be convincing. If she is genuinely trying to make it in the music industry, she should probably cut out the fairly lame comedy and get in that X Factor queue. Almost Epic isn’t quite there.

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