The Music Hall at Assembly Rooms is transformed into a pub for this fun, high energy show based loosely around the friendships of a group of young men.
There is no doubting that this is a popular blend for the masses – singing, dancing, beer and plenty audience participation. Those audience members who have spent the afternoon in the many Fringe bars are the perfect audience for this, at times, cheesy, sing-a-long show and there are plenty who enjoy their moment on stage, some even taking their moment slightly too far…
But despite the cringeworthy elements there is no doubting the talent of the cast who harmonise beautifully with one another and don’t only show their singing skills but also showcase solo turns on piano, guitar, cajón drum, trumpet and tap dancing. The choreography is slick, the narrator of the piece pulls it all together with aplomb and as well as being jocular the script touches on something of growing importance: men’s mental health. The idea that when the guys get together it is okay to talk about how they are feeling and that there is no shame in feeling down is a commendable message to get across in a show which is otherwise just frivolous, light-hearted entertainment.
It is not the only message they want to spread either. The latest statistics show that every week in the UK eighteen pubs are closing which has a detrimental effect on community spirit and increases incidence of loneliness (especially in men) and so the cast encourage everyone to keep their locals alive.
Choir of Man is the perfect night out for groups of friends at the Fringe, and if you get there early you might even bag yourself a free beer!