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REVIEW: The Choir Of Man at The Arts Theatre

Be it an evening out together with your mates, a celebration or for ‘only one’, the pub tends to be the place to go. Tales are shared and recollections are made. On this pub, ‘The Jungle’ the boys, or as they’re identified ‘The Choir Of Man’ merely share their tales on stage. 

Accompanied by an eclectic array of well-liked songs from the likes of Adele. Sia, Queen and plenty of extra, with the slight distinction that we’re not simply the viewers, however extra punters in for a lock-in like none, we’ve ever skilled earlier than. 

As The Poet (Ben Norris) takes centre stage and introduces the opposite members of the choir, The Maestro (Michael Baxter), The Romantic (Matt Beveridge), The Beast (Owen Bolton), The Joker (Matt Thorpe), The Arduous Man (Levi Tyrell Johnson), The Barman (Lemuel Knights), The Pub Bore (Matt Nalton) and eventually The Handyman (Jordan Oliver). Everyone seems to be talked about as The Poet explains that nobody is any totally different, they’re all the identical, a massively shut group who’re to cite Ben, ‘solely as robust as their weakest. 
It’s Immediately warming, simply watching a bunch of males who love one another and luxuriate in each second of one another’s firm have the time of their life, makes the present really feel pure and healthful. It makes the whole lot appear easy. A launch from the heavy strains and burdens that on a regular basis life brings us, a visit to the pub that not solely heals however momentarily for 90 minutes, cures. 

What many exhibits battle with, after they deliver relevance into the present as fashionable because the very 12 months we’re in, is that they lose believability. It virtually turns into extra about making an attempt to be spectacular and topical slightly than related. This present nevertheless doesn’t take that strategy however merely tries to be only a regular day within the week. There’s point out of lockdown, psychological well being and the whole lot present at this time however the ambiance within the pub mixed with the conventional names of the actors used all through the present after introductions make it simplistic and efficient. The curtain falls and so they’re no extra actors however merely on a regular basis folks having a drink with their mates. 

The one actual factor the present is missing is that there isn’t an precise storyline so to talk. The boys regale with tales and songs however so far as an precise storyline goes there isn’t one. Taking nothing away from the present although, it’s super. For a present that began on the Edinburgh fringe in 2017 to get to the place it’s acquired now, you may solely want it continued success. 

All in all, It’s sensible. Producers Andrew Kay and Nic Doodson have created an evening of pure pleasure and with Doodson’s path, it’s the right stability of upbeat songs combined with moments of ache and heartache that mix to create an evening on the pub that may most definitely be well worth the morning hangover that follows!


Evaluate by George Butler

Score: ★★★★

Seat: Stalls L18 | Value of Ticket: £37.50



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