City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Choir of Man, Assembly Rooms, Review


By Erin Roche - Posted on 20 August 2017

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Show details
Venue: 
Assembly Rooms
Company: 
Andrew Kay and Nic Doodson
Running time: 
60mins

Imagine if the local pub had a glee club….and we’re in The Jungle, a makeshift pub on the big stage at Assembly Rooms. Throughout the evening, this choir of lads belt, stomp, harmonise, dance, and drink - it's a pub, after all! Beautiful voices on this charismatic crew.

Familiar hits are performed and sing-a-longs are encouraged, with classics like Paul Simon’s "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "Escape" (The Pina Colada Song), and a beautiful rendition of "The Parting Glass".

Tight choreography is evident, and sweet audience participation is a given, bringing up guests to party with the boys on stage.

Brought to you by the same group that produced the hit Soweto Gospel Choir, Choir of Man is full of schtick and talent, tap-dancing, falsetto, even singing upside down. While at times the set up can waver into cheesy, overall this is a fun, feel-good show that will make you smile, especially if you’re one of the lucky audience members to be handed a drink.

Runs 21- 27 August, 18:35. U.

I went near the beginning of the run and found this a fun event. If you were in the slightest bit 'down' then this should revive you! As the handout explains there are nine "Landlords" who sing, dance, play musical instruments and, most importantly, connect with the audience. It is an hour of great fun as the cast all involve the audience and have a thoroughly good time. But they all have really exceptional voices and they are a most talented bunch of young men. Great entertainment!