Cromer Pier Show, show 2 review: The 'full English breakfast' of theatre returns
PUBLISHED: 11:23 07 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:49 07 July 2019
Where else can you find interpretive dance, magic, rock 'n' roll classics, side-splitting slapstick, cringeworthy one-liners and blockbusting Broadway numbers all wrapped up in one performance?
Welcome to the Cromer Pier Show, the theatrical equivalent of a full English breakfast.
July 6 saw the launch of Show 2, the second incarnation of the annual summer Seaside Special, featuring completely different acts from the version that debuted last month.
This was by no means my first time at the show and while the format stays basically the same the songs and skits still come as a surprise and the jokes are always fresh.
Emily Yarrow returned as lead vocalist for the third year running, bringing range and passion to numbers including From the Heart and an ensemble medley from Miss Saigon which left me wanting to see this cast take on the entire musical.
Her male counterpart, Harvey James, sometimes took a line or two to find the right pitch, but after he did he dazzled, kicking off his rounds with a rendition of Starlight Express and leading the charge with a choice of Elton John classics just before the interval.
Newcomers Matthew Pomeroy and Natasha Lamb did a brilliant job with their West End illusions, it's one thing to pull a rabbit out of a hat but levitation and boxes that seem to crush people left me shaking my head.
But the crowd favourite for the second year in a row was undeniably The Man They Call G (Graham Noble), who can not only belt out show tunes with the best of them but puts away convincing impressions of everyone from Donald Trump to David Attenborough.
A comedic highlight involved four of the male performers including the show's compare, Paul Eastwood, lining up on stage to reveal they had wooden spoons suspended between their thighs and strategically-placed posts and pans around their waists to form a slapstick percussion section - I'll leave what came next to your imagination.
And as usual, the Seaside Special dancers made the show shine with their energy and verve, and the youngsters from Cromer's own Marlene's School Of Dancing brought home the sense that this is, in essence, a family night out.
-Show 1 and Show 2 run until September 1, and then a mix of skits - called the 'ultimate' show, continues to September 21.
Visit www.cromerpier.co.uk for more.