I’ll start off by saying that I’ve been appalling at updating my blog recently. I’m making a concerted effort to catch-up on everything so I thought I’d start with a few of the shows I’ve seen over the last few months. There’s more geeky stuff to follow, I promise!
Minor Delays, Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, 1st August 2014
My first (and only) visit to the Fringe festival this year. After wandering around all afternoon, my friend and I had no idea what to see, despite the fact that we’d been bombarded with flyers. While walking through the Bristo Square area, we were offered a free promo ticket to see Minor Delays. We bought a second ticket and off we went.
Minor Delays was a comedic sketch show, put together by former members of the Cambridge Footlights and the Leeds Tealights. During the intro, I wasn’t too sure what was happening but it soon became evident as we watched the fast-paced show. It had the added bonus of cellos for dramatic music and there were no props therefore the focus was on the performers. I loved the show- plenty of laughs, some unexpected twists and we left with a smile on our faces.
Annie Get Your Gun, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 6th September 2014
I almost didn’t get to see this show. I’d had tickets booked for the Aberdeen show for months and I’d watched the film in anticipation. Unfortunately, the organisers pulled the last 3 weeks of the tour; Aberdeen happened to be one of those weeks. After a few days of planning and receiving a refund from HMT Aberdeen, we managed to get 5th row seats at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. When we arrived, it was clear the theatre was still under renovation- some of the toilets were portacabins on the street (although it did look as though the renovation work was nearing completion).
On to the show! Really enjoyed it, plenty of great songs and comedy. I thought Emma Williams was fantastic as Annie Oakley. What a voice- very, very powerful! I was amazed at the length of time she managed to hold a note during “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”. Jason Donovan on the other hand….I was disappointed by his performance. I saw him earlier in the year as Tick in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and I thought he seemed rather tired/might be having an off day back then- the rest of the cast overpowered him. I struggled to hear him throughout Annie Get Your Gun this time around too. Like I said, disappointing.
Top Hat, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 4th October 2014
This was a bit of a gamble for me. I’d never seen the original film and fancied a day away at the theatre. I made a good choice though. I can only describe the level of comedy in the show as a farce. I mean that in a good way- it reminded me of the episode of Frasier at the ski lodge where there’s a number of crossed wires, resulting in hilarity. The dancing and singing in the show was phenomenal and it was great to hear a live orchestra play. It’s a show I definitely want to see again!