Reviewer: Mark O’Neill
You only need to wander down the Royal Mile for five minutes before you realise that the competition among a cappella groups is extremely fierce. All the King’s Men from King’s College London return to Edinburgh for the sixth consecutive year with their latest fringe performance All the King’s Men presents: Radio Gaga.
A simple spotlight and an old-fashion radio sets the stage for a production which takes the audience on a tour of radio stations – from Classic FM to BBC Radio 2. The performance is well linked even if a little unclear from the outset. A trip to Classical FM, however, left the audience disappointed with a rendition of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball,which left the audience speechless.
With no spoken word until the group have taken their bows, this show can be difficult to follow at points. A dark and gloomy set also creates difficulty for the audience to see the performers and at times, the atmosphere could be described as eery and tense.
With each member kitted out in their uniform white shirt, blue trousers and navy blazer, the level of talent among these lads is varied to say the least. The stronger performers are evident from the outset with some displaying frightening levels of confidence.
Credit must be given to the incredible beatboxer who absolutely stole the show. Having the ability to sing and, in fact, lead the performance while dancing and engaging with the audience is fantastic. The choreography throughout the entire performance was, in the most part, slick and the arrangements were very clever.
All the King’s Men provide variety in many forms and at times create a joyful noise. The competition, however, among a cappella acts is extremely fierce and there just seemed to be something missing from this performance.
Runs until August 22, 2015