A clumsy title does not make a clumsy show, in this nostalgic trip down musical memory lane, in which Suggs recounts his life from childhood to the present day, encouraged by the occasion of his fiftieth birthday and the death of his beloved cat. Humorous and well-told stories are broken up with Madness’s greatest songs; accompanied by a grand piano rather than a full band, but this arrangement suits the mood down to a tee. Suggs is a natural in the role of raconteur, and he uses the audience’s energy well. Any line slip-ups, meanwhile, are mined for hilarity – an accidental Tommy Cooper voice leads to a five-minute homage to the deceased star. Sparkling entertainment all round, from an unpretentious icon.
Queen’s Hall, 21-24 Aug, 7.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Kirsten Waller]