Edinburgh Fringe 2012
"An ever-changing line-up of international ukulele stars competes nightly for a prestigious Uke of Edinburgh Award"
Tricity Vogue’s offbeat style sits under a hat that leaves one in no doubt that this is a show of ukeleles. Endearing, accessible and full-hearted, the show opens with a song of her own, based on a theme given by the previous night’s audience.
Then we dive into the championships. Four acts, different each night, all have one thing in common – a love of the ukelele. And you’ll be surprised for this was not only music – we had poetry and storytelling with a uke backdrop as well as a couple of very funny songs. I won’t spoil it for you – you’ll have to go (possible more than once) to enjoy the tongue-in-cheek competitiveness (there was even a scoreboard).
There’s audience interaction, scoring, plenty of laughs and, occasionally, the gentle magic ofthe small instrument shines through. The time raced by and I was left wishing we’d heard more fromthe voice and uke of the finely gowned Tricity. She needed to offer us at least one more, if not a handful of songs. It was an added bonus to behold a FringeReview favourite, Cabaret Whore, giving us a little taste of Her Finest Hour.
That’s the fun and strength of the show – a lighthearted go at live gameshow, plenty of music, a bit of stroytelling and poetry, and a celebration of this most singular of instruments.The uke always makes you feel better and that is just what this show will make you feel as well.