This celebration of the Ukulele left something to be desired for Danielle Rayner.
The unique format of Tricity Vogueâ€™s cabaret is, unfortunately, more entertaining than the show itself. Over the course of the show, Tricity, acting as theÂ mistressÂ of ceremonies, invites three ukulele-wielding artists to the stage to perform a song or two (or, as it would seem, to shamelessly plug their own fringe shows) in order to win the votes of the ever-enthusiastic audience. The winner of this hour-long four-stringed showdown is granted the privilege of strumming the golden ukulele attached to Tricityâ€™s head â€“ a feat which is aptly named â€œThe Uke of Edinburghâ€.
The problem with theÂ Ukulele CabaretÂ is straight-forward. Whilst Tricity, the self-proclaimed vixen of â€œcheeky-jazzâ€ is outstanding, her fellow artists leave a lot to be desired. In fact, as I sat through of one of the competitorâ€™s songs, an arduous ukulele cover of Azealia Banksâ€™s 212, I wished that Iâ€™d gone instead to watch Ms Vogueâ€™s one-woman show,Â Calamitous Liaisons. It is Tricity who keeps the show afloat: delivering hilarious retorts to the most vocal and alcohol-induced members of the audience, raising depleted energy levels through feel-good sing-alongs and demonstrating her own terrific talent through the witty lyricism of her rousing number, â€˜What Would A Gentleman Do?â€™.
Nevertheless, as part of the Free Fringe, you could do a lot worse than this show. If youâ€™ve got a spare hour, pop along and regale yourself with some ukulele madness. Who knows â€“ as the three competitors change every show, you may have more luck than me!