Reviewer: Paul Couch
In the sweltering confines of Brighton Fringe’s Warren Theatre Box, things are hotting up both literally and figuratively as Going South bring their show of parody songs to a small but appreciative audience.
Nothing is sacred and Be Our Guest (Beauty & The Beast), Kander & Ebb’s Money Money, Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Memory are all reimagined as bawdy versions of themselves. The best re-write, however, is kept for a blistering anti-Trump Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The trio, Lesley Banks, Mairi Cowieson and Sarah Joyce belt out classic tunes with risque lyrics. All three are skilled vocalists, Joyce and Cowieson having worked on a variety of West End shows. Banks occasionally accompanies on the piano while singing herself, but many numbers are performed a capella and in flawless harmony.
Going South clearly have a great rap[port with each other and ad-lib their way through their set. There are clearly going to be parallels drawn with Fascinating Aida but they have an identity of their own.
Menfolk are a particular target for the group but it’s our current raft of politicians who bear the brunt of their melodic vitriol. In the oppressive heat of the Theatre Box, the set drags a little and the attention wanders during the less well-known numbers. Some trims here and there wouldn’t go amiss, perhaps losing Cowieson’s mickey-take of Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place To Go and the ensemble Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
It’s worth the admission price alone to see a heavily pregnant woman Riverdancing. Wonderful, crude stuff.
Reviewed on 26 May 2017 at The Warren: Theatre Box
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