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ABSOLUT Fringe 2011

Nutshell review: Pop Centre Plus - Frisky & Mannish

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Today’s review:

Pop Centre Plus

(Frisky and Mannish, ABSOLUT Fringe Club)

Andrew Moore’s review: Do you want to get ahead in pop? Well here’s where you start paying – in blood, sweat and convulsions of laughter. I thought my girlfriend – who I call the Pop Princess – would enjoy this show from all-singing, all-dancing comedy duo Frisky and Mannish more than I would.  That was, until I got pulled on stage to be part of their newly-manufactured boyband. (I was the Razorlight factor – “great hair”). You can’t help but go along with their high-octane, high-fun picking apart of the pop industry and soon I was dancing and posing for the crowd.

Don’t be afraid though – audience participation is minimal if you want it to be. You never forget that the two greatest performers in the room are the pair on stage: they are supremely talented singers and musicians, managing to look and sound great even while performing the seven ages of Madonna (is Lady Gaga the eighth, they wonder?)

I can’t recommend this pair highly enough. They take you on a whirlwind ride through the ridiculous and sublime of pop music, mash it up and break it down. The Wheels on the Bus sung in the style of Girls Aloud’s Sound of the Underground? Genius.

In three words? Pop-fantastic. Fun. Genius.

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