The Choir of Man – Adelaide Fringe
Written by Kit Densley on March 16, 2020
Talent and truth served with a side of laughter – how ‘The Choir of Man’ is leaving Adelaide Fringe goers voiceless while highlighting an important message.
By Mary-Anne Maio
In town for its third Adelaide Fringe season, The Choir of Man is back and as big as ever, having played its 80 minute award-winning* showcase of music from the likes of Adele, Guns n Roses, Queen, Sia and Avicii and more, to full audiences in the MOA in Gluttony.
From the masterminds behind The Magnets and The Soweto Gospel Choir, The Choir of Man combines raw talent with comedy and storytelling, and sees nine 30-something males use exceptional a cappella, musical skill and dance to invite audience members to embrace ‘The Jungle’, the local British pub that is not only a watering hole, but a haven for deep and meaningful sharing between blokes – a safe space to share life’s ups and downs and to find comfort in true friendship. Kicking off the show with a mash-up of Eagle-Eye Cherry’s ‘Save Tonight’ and Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’, and using smash hits from across generations to highlight the importance of mental health and why men should speak up and share their joys and struggles, The Choir of Man truly ticks every box for Fringe fanatics; comedy, storytelling, audience involvement, incredible musical talent, dance, and an important underlying message delivered in a uniquely positive, heart-warming way that promises a satisfaction of time and money well spent.
This is the third time I’ve seen The Choir of Man at the Adelaide Fringe (the first in 2018 being one of the first of its many global debuts), and despite much of its cast being different, it’s still one of the greatest expositions of human talent I’ve ever witnessed, and never fails to leave me in awe. It truly has ‘something for everyone’, and is perfect for all ages.
*Previous Adelaide Fringe award winner.