The vibe inside the tent is electric, yet incredibly welcoming. Some of the performers greet audience members on arrival, and choose a select few to join them onstage for a brew before the show begins. The opening number welcomes us to this pub – 'The Jungle' – with a brilliant cover of the Guns N' Roses classic. The very skilled Ben Norris – a UK Slam Poet champion – hosts the evening with wit, charm and a lovely message about the importance of men having a space to speak freely.
As the cast members are introduced, they tell their tales of being heartbroken, being hurt and moving forwards. Underlying their incredible harmonies is a beautiful display of mateship and support between friends, which is increasingly important in the current social climate. These guys are presented as loving, emotional human beings who express themselves freely – something their frequent audience interactions illustrate time and time again.
An absolute blast of a show, Choir of Man has heart, soul, and some damn talented vocalists, while providing a necessary counterpoint in today's rapidly evolving discourse around gender and mental health.