No-one could come away from this show untouched. Vika and Linda Bull, with the support of a spot-on quintet lead by pianist Paolo Cecchinelli, give their audience a delightful tour of Carole King’s critically acclaimed 1971 Tapestry album, with a little extra thrown in besides.
With only the merest glint from light-reflecting sequins to draw attention to her frame, a diva sings. Rewind after the opening number and we speed from Wagner to a childhood in Lagos — so begins the story of Little Black.
Roll up! Roll up! Get ready to gawk at the depraved and the downtrodden, the freaks and the bums on the wharf in the rain. The musical vagabonds are back and they’re luring us into the shadows for a stroll through the wrong end of town.
Paul Kelly and Camille O’Sullivan blend cabaret with Irish poetry in Ancient Rain, and the results are sombre, devastating and enthralling.
In their opening act the Pajama Men (aka Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez) promise to waste the audience’s time with a show they liken to a bag of trail mix, in that “some parts will be good”.
What’s it like to dance when you can’t hear music? How much do we rely on sound to communicate and tell us what to feel? Can you listen with your eyes? These are the kinds of questions Out of Earshot leaves its audience pondering.