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Brendan Cole: A Night to Remember – Opera House, Manchester

Director/Choreographer: Brendan Cole

Reviewer: Sarah O’Toole

Brendan Cole’s career has certainly taken off since his first appearance on the BBC’s iconic television show Strictly Come Dancing back in 2004. Now on his seventh nationwide tour, Brendan describes his show as ‘An evening with style with something for everyone’ and this is strictly true. Before his illustrious career took off Brendan’s dream was to become world champion, one which he never actually achieved but he doesn’t regret the way his life has panned out so far informing the world ‘to seize every opportunity as you never know what’s round the corner’. Now with his own Performing Arts Academy in conjunction with Active Sports he strives to give 7-16 year old’s the chance to experience different aspects of the Arts.

Brendan’s show starts in a eddy of capes and shimmering dresses and proceeds to stun the audience with a contemporary waltz to ‘Kissing you’ from the film Romeo and Juliet and a tear-jerking number entitled ‘Cinderella’ about a father watching his daughter blossom into a woman and teaching her how to dance, he performs this with Ksenia Zsikhotska and they give a mind blowing presentation. Dancing mainly with Fauve Hautot from France (whom he danced with two years ago) there seems to be a little “something” missing this year, with Hautot coming across a little too sure of herself. Dancing like his life depended on it was Kai Widdrington who reached the final of the 2012 UK show ‘Britain’s Got talent’ with the amazing dance group ‘Kings and Queens’.

Appearing on the stage with Brendan is his 14 piece band that performs an outstanding rendition of classic songs from Nat King Cole to the Jersey Boys and they are accompanied by the fabulous singers Iain Mackenzie and Julie McGuire. The set with the band on a raised platform and stairs coming down in between them lends itself perfectly to the style of this show and the lifting platform in the middle of the band from which Cole appears adds a certain exhilarating air to the whole show. With lighting effects and pyrotechnics the show keeps the whole auditorium engrossed from beginning to end.

The second half of the show the audience get to quiz Cole through a question and answer session – which have one or two rather risqué moments to say the least, but one of the highlights of this part of the show was Cole bringing a young couple up on to the stage to show them some simple dance moves for their first dance at their forth coming wedding, not quite what they were expecting when they asked for a few tips. Cole also reveals little secrets from ‘Strictly’ and about his family life in between the dances and shows himself to be a caring, candid and funny guy. The whole cast have a fun time on the stage making the show enjoyable, ending with a Hoe-down and a Jive, the whole auditorium erupt into a spontaneous standing ovation, though one has to ask is this for the whole cast or mainly for Mr Snake-Hips Brendan Cole from his adoring female and gay following fans.

Reviewed on Sunday 8th March 2015 | Photo: Visual Devotion

 

Director/Choreographer: Brendan Cole Reviewer: Sarah O’Toole Brendan Cole’s career has certainly taken off since his first appearance on the BBC’s iconic television show Strictly Come Dancing back in 2004. Now on his seventh nationwide tour, Brendan describes his show as ‘An evening with style with something for everyone’ and this is strictly true. Before his illustrious career took off Brendan’s dream was to become world champion, one which he never actually achieved but he doesn’t regret the way his life has panned out so far informing the world ‘to seize every opportunity as you never know what’s round the corner’.…

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