Songologues is a collection of songs performed as monologues, duologues, and grand group scenes. If I had to pick one word to describe it – hilarious would certainly spring to mind!
The show, set in Rosie’s Vineyard, begins with a warning that actors “may interact with you” – an alarming idea! However, our guards were immediately down when greeted with an adorable Susie Coutts: titters began to ring around the room as the audience began to recognise lyrics. Susie continued to shine throughout the evening in her various roles – a dramatic chameleon.
After that, songs from movies came thick and fast, all performed in creative ways. The cast worked together magnificently. From 'All Along the Watchtower', retold by Nick Downes comically in a Tommy Cooper style sketch, to Sam Smith’s 'The Writing’s on the Wall': wonderfully performed as a terrified man on a skydive by Courtney Appleton, one to watch, and Roger Easey.
A highlight was Vincent Adam’s hilarious portrayal of 'I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing' as a stalker-like spider which caused the audience to erupt in nervous and hysterical laughter.
"The cast worked together magnificently."
The show really was laugh a minute, interspersed with moments of real poignancy. Tales of loss and grief were told tenderly. Katie Hicks’ rendition of ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ was so deeply moving, I found it hard to tear my gaze away.
Mrs Robinson, played by Sue Bartlett, was an incredibly fast paced and entertaining homage - a real showcase of the cast’s collective talents and comic timing.
The last few sketches, directed effectively by Matthew Gibbins, included numbers which had an uproarious effect – again Vincent Adams shining here.
A most enjoyable evening – I wish the cast a successful rest of the run.