In this show, Peter Straker essentially attempts a one-man broadway musical tribute to Jacques Brel and while his musicianship is admirable, his theatrics were confusing and at times awkward. It is difficult to make out how the show will proceed for the first twenty minutes as Straker flits back and forth on stage; on one side of the stage he becomes the storyteller, spewing tales of Brel’s dreams and characteristics, though assuming Brel’s character as well, and then comes centre stage to sing the songs. This elaborate set-up seemed over the top and convoluted, as Straker’s passion while singing the songs – and talent in doing so – was more than enough on its own to create a good show. The result smacked more of self-indulgence than tribute.
Assembly Hall, 2-26 Aug, 6.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Ellie Willis]