Sussex Express: ‘Live Suggs’ review

Live Suggs is witty, funny and emotional

Published on Wednesday 1 June 2011 07:42

THERE WAS a standing ovation as the audience clapped and cheered Madness frontman Suggs at the end of his live show at the Theatre Royal Brighton on Tuesday.

This witty, funny, and emotional roller coaster is the first solo show Suggs has performed, and is a stand up memoir of his life, that hands the audience an access-all-areas pass to his inner most thoughts.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I went along, but I was absolutely amazed at how wonderful the show was.

With the funny quips, down to earth narrative, and Madness songs such as classic, It must be love, Suggs is like a one man show, stand up comedian and musical all rolled into one, which provides a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Graham ‘Suggs’ McPherson talks of his incredible thirty-year career with musical accompaniment, cleverly skipping from his early childhood years, through to his ‘current’ quest to find his father, and the realisation he has turned 50 and his cat has died.

On stage Suggs is accompanied by a hugely talented pianist, a bar stool, and a chair. In my book that’s all he needs, all eyes are on him, and his ability to capture the audience with his magnificent story telling.

To indicate different scenes or different times in his life, the lights cleverly change, and you are swept away in Suggs’ story, feeling every emotion. Especially when it comes to light, the father he never knew has died before he got the chance to meet him.

There is a cosy, intimate feel to the show, with his mum sitting in the audience along with everyone else, and Suggs occasionally including her in his story, showing a close relationship between the two which is heart warming to see.

During the performance, there is a real sense that people know Suggs, its like everyone has gone to have a cup of tea with him, and a good old chat about his life and experiences.

And the great thing is, it doesn’t matter how old you are, or if you are a die hard fan, Suggs caters for everyone.

Hats off to the Theatre Royal for housing this wonderful performance.

Be sure to catch it next time.

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