Five Corsican tramps take the stage in slapdash fashion; many an audience eyebrow is raised. In the split second before a single line is performed, one can sense one universal thought – “So crazy it might work?” – reverberating through the crowd, tenterhooks keeping bums in seats. The Les Clöchards are certainly insane, but also prove to be hugely charismatic, side-splittingly hilarious, and cheeky enough to draw a few blushes from their rapidly devoted spectators. Well-known classics, including eighties throwbacks the boys teasingly claim were stolen from their repertoire, are reworked and infused with some The Les Clöchards magic; Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ transformed into a ballad and dedicated to the female audience contingent. Ah, and speaking of thrills for the girls: Ladies, stick around for the encore.
Assembly George Square, 2-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 7.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Christy Brown]