Last Saturday saw the first performance of the new Palace of Varieties to a capacity audience at St Giles Hall. Here are some fantastic photos of the evening, captured by our very own MonkeyCat; you can see many more on Flickr.
I have to be honest and say that the quality was very variable; highlights were Don Tempi’s jazz-funk-lite renditions of 1980s adverts, Anil Desai’s impersonation-based comedy, and the ukulele and brass band Jarmean. In between those we had an animal impersonator, a homage to Riverdance, a bloody awful rendition of the 1812 Overture and the 1970s ‘classic’ The Greatest Show on Legs.
In fact the variety on show was more 1970s TV than 1890s Music Hall, and was heavily layered with irony. But the spirit of the enterprise was embraced wholeheartedly by both performers and crowd, and as far as I could tell everyone went home happy. Certainly it seems that there will be more, which is a good thing.