Reviewed by Louise Totton
I was incredibly fortunate, yet again, to have the opportunity to see Fascinating Aida on behalf of What’s Good To Do. For anyone who is not familiar with them, they are a laugh out loud, larger than life and very musically talented trio of ladies, and I never cease to be amazed at the language and subject matter of many of their performances,
We were watching Charm Offensive at the Lyric, which is part of the fantastic Lowry complex in Salford Quays, Manchester. The Lowry is really well signposted from the M602, and I would probably suggest anyone unfamiliar with the area use these signposts rather than rely on Satnav; my system tool us a very complicated route when I know it is a pretty simple journey in reality.
There is plenty of parking at the Lowry outlet, just across the courtyard from the theatre and this is free for four hours for anyone spending more than £5 in the outlet.
The theatre itself is a fabulous venue. Very modern, clean and comfortable. The toilets are plentiful and well maintained. There are a couple of very pleasant bars to get a pre or post show drink, and the whole place has a lovely feel to it.
We took our (very comfortable) seats just before the show started, and from the stalls had a wonderful and unobstructed view of the stage.
I have been a Fascinating Aida fan for several years, my friend who had come along with me had never seen them before, so I was interested to see what she made of them.
They started with one of my favourite FA ditties, “We’re Next”, and I can honestly say that they had the near sell out audience in stitches from the very start. Never afraid to attempt any subject matter, they sang their way through tales of getting older, problems with the kids, affairs, the forever popular “Dogging” and “Cheap Flights” and one of my personal favourites, “Allo, Bonjour, Monsieur”.
Very few of the audience seemed shocked by any of the subject matter or the language used, so I would imagine that most people, like me, had seen them before and knew what they were in for!
Amongst the utterly laugh out loud and risqué performances were a couple of songs that were poignant and in many ways stole the show. “Look! Mummy, No Hands” is a wonderful piece of music, emotional and one of my top FA songs ever. It was beautifully performed by the wonderful Dillie, and always feels like a very special song. Equally special but also quite different in tempo is Adele’s “Prisoner of Gender”, and the audience’s loudest cheers were certainly reserved for this performance.
An absolutely cracking night out, my friend who had never seen them before enjoyed it as much as I did. Totally faultless from start to finish, I would urge anyone who has the opportunity to see them to grab it!
For more information and tour dates visit www.fascinatingaida.co.uk.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000