The Choir of Man

Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay
Andrew Kay and Associates, Nic Doodson Productions and Assembly
Assembly Hall

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Choir of Man

Imagine the cast of Magic Mike and The Full Monty in a pub having a party and you get the idea of what The Choir of Man is all about.

It’s a celebration of pub culture from a male perspective with nine guys who all have really good voices. The evening is basically a response to our past three years of lockdown and consists of some narration about how great pubs are and how we should keep supporting them interspersed with some full-on singing of modern pop ballads and chart-topping hits, from The Pretenders and Guns N' Roses to Paul Simon and Adele.

The guys are obviously having a thoroughly good time on stage—a lot of time with pints of beer in their hands as they belt out the songs. Sometimes, they get a woman from the audience up on stage with them to join in.

There’s a guitarist and a piano man, plus a bit of tap dancing on the bar. It's raucous, it's loud, it's full-on and it’s a lot of fun, and the infectious joy from the stage made the audience want to join in and sing along too.

There is nothing particularly subtle about this show and if you want a quite night this is not for you.

But if you want to join some (admittedly mostly fit) guys in a pub for a belting singalong then you won’t be disappointed.

Reviewer: Suzanne Hawkes