DENIM: World Tour – REVIEW

DENIM: World Tour

Soho Theatre, London

★★★★★

Reviewed by Jade Prince

DENIM: World Tour

Soho Theatre, London

 

Seen on January 11th, 2017

Reviewed by Jade Prince

★★★★★

WOW! WOW! WOW!

Denim are fabulous! End of. They sure know how to put on a show to the crowd, whether that is a crowd of thousands and thousands of people in Wembley….or to 140 in the intimate Soho Theatre.

I thoroughly enjoy their show! I wasn’t too sure on what to expect due to the light-humoured nature of everything I had seen online about them however they did not disappoint this theatre nerd. They put on a full production. I was over the moon to see an actual written piece with all the performance numbers so cleverly added in. These ladies have pure talent! They have nailed their craft to a ‘T’.

It wasn’t anything cheesy or what I would have associated with other drag acts. Their world tour has wit through out. It was intelligent wit too. None of this ‘it’s really crude so lets throw it in!’. Everything had its place and it was a lovely balance of jokes. Props to the person/people who wrote their script. There were many a thing during the show which caught me off guard and revealed my ‘ugly’ laugh! I adore that in a show when I am completely unable to predict what comes next. Everything was so fresh!

Let’s move onto their singing abilities…because DAMN!…they can sing! Forget all of that ‘lip sync’ for your life. This was a whole new level. Each of these ladies could sing with a rather impressive range. As I expected, they sounded beautiful as a group but I was not expecting; firstly, them to have solo songs and secondly, for those songs to be just as strong. As a group they know exactly where their individual voices fit in and their harmonies were breathtaking. Some of the voices were rather comical and completely different to the dainty ladies they were on stage but that just made it 10x better!

It is truly one of those shows that you need to experience. I shall be raving about it from this day on!

In the back of my mind, it’s just screaming “THIS REVIEW DOES NOT. DO. DENIM. JUSTICE!!!” This is more just me word vomiting because I am not over this and will be getting tickets for another night!

This is a real feel good show and YOU NEED TO GET A TCIKET!!!!! If you are looking to have a laugh, see pure talent on stage and five people passionate about what they do, this is the show for you. They only have 8 more performances at Soho Theatre from now until February 3rd and the atmosphere from last night tells me it is going to be a hard ticket to come by. And with tickets ranging from £8 to £24 it would be rude not to go!

Tickets and more information on their performance dates can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/denim-world-tour

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Samantha Barks featuring special guest Kerry Ellis – REVIEW

Samantha Barks featuring special guest Kerry Ellis
Southampton Mayflower Theatre

Seen on May 20th, 2017

★★★★

Samantha Barks featuring special guest Kerry Ellis

Southampton Mayflower Theatre

 

Seen on May 20th, 2017

Reviewed by Jade Prince

★★★★

A one-off gig in the beautiful Mayflower Theatre featuring songs from Samantha Barks’s rapidly growing repertoire including musical favourites “On My Own” and “As Long As He Needs Me” alongside some of her own material, “Troublemaker”. As well as nostalgic vibes from her 2016 album tour, Samantha was joined by the talented Kerry Ellis.

With no doubt the highlight of the night was the greatly anticipated duet “For Good” from Wicked. Kerry reprised her role of Elphaba while Samantha took up the role of Glinda. Such a great pairing for the song which left the audience buzzing.

Samantha finished act one with a stripped down acoustic version of Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away”. She didn’t just sing the song, she performed it. It was obvious she was feeling every single lyric through out the song.

A few songs into the second act, Samantha introduced Kerry who started with “Finding Wonderland” from the musical Wonderland (currently touring the U.K.) Following this, Kerry did a throw back to her We Will Rock You days with “Somebody To Love” and encouraged audience participation.

Samantha also threw in a few songs with a modern twist such as a jazzed up version of “As Long As He Needs Me” and the ultimate Disney heartbreak tune, “When She He Loved Me”

The whole night had a very relaxed vibe with certain numbers bringing a hush to the whole audience. It was great to see Samantha enjoying herself at home on stage and she proved that she is a huge fangirl at heart!

Be sure to keep an eye out for any other solo gigs Samantha does in the future through her website http://www.samanthabarks.co.uk and her official twitter @samanthabarks