I have now seen Choir of Man five times, and each time I don't think it can get any better.
I’m always wrong.
There is so much to love about this show. It is undoubtedly the most joyful hour you’ll experience at the Fringe, and if you’re not on your feet dancing by the end, I’ll eat my hat. (I don't actually have a hat, but I’ll go out and buy one specifically if you really aren’t.)
With a songs ranging from Avicii and Adele to Queen and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, there’s a song (and a guy!) for everyone in their wonderful setlist. Each is performed beautifully, whether it’s acapella, acoustic, opera or rock. Musical instruments from bagpipes and ukeleles to guitars and tambourines accompany each number, alongside superb choreography from Freddie Huddleston.
The poetic narrative, now given by Dennis Grindel - who replaced Ben Norris after Adelaide Fringe - is where the true heart of the show lies. You’ll be introduced to each of the guys and welcomed into The Jungle for an hour to celebrate life with them, and where else would you want to be?
One year on from their Edinburgh Fringe debut, you’d think the guys would be used to the incredible reactions they always get by now. But no; they’re still shocked, awed and grateful for every cheer, clap, standing ovation and chant of ‘Encore!’ they receive - and they receive a lot of them. And I think that’s the best thing about them all - despite their enormous success, they’re still extremely humble. Never lose that, guys.
I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t loved this show, so I really am confident when I say that you will love it. If you haven’t been already, what on earth are you doing? Go and buy a ticket before they’re completely sold out! And if you have seen it already, go again. You know you want to!
Choir of Man is on at 20:00 at Assembly Rooms until August 26th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the EdFringe website.