Sunday, 28 December 2014

Faye is a Triple Threat Performer!

I hope all you guys had a fantastic Christmas. I have to say mine couldn't have gone much better.

The highlight of course was my trip to Manchester to see Shrek and Faye but I also had a lovely Christmas day with the family, a little too much food and far too much drink. Even my football team Bristol Rovers managed a Boxing Day win.

I may be featuring some of Faye's Christmas tweets and pictures soon but it certainly sounds like she had a wonderful time. Christmas Day was spent with Gareth in London and Boxing Day with her own family in Manchester.

I'm sure both days were equally special and I expect Santa delivered a particularly big sack of presents for everyones favourite Princess.

I know how much Faye loves Christmas and I'm so pleased she was able to enjoy this one with all her nearest and dearest.

As I said, there may be more on that shortly.

I still have a few Shrek reviews from Manchester I'd like to feature before the show makes the long trip north to Aberdeen so I'm going to quickly move on to the next.

Faye has captured the hearts of everyone with her remarkable performances and that includes Michell Eagleton who wrote the below review for 'Manchester's Finest'.


Well now I’m a Believer after finally catching the show at the Palace Theatre as it stops there over Christmas as part of its first ever UK Tour.

From start to finish Shrek the Musical is a magical and visually spectacular production, which has something for all the family to enjoy and definitely won’t disappoint. There’s fairy tale characters a plenty including Pinocchio, Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Bears, all beautifully turned out in lavish costumes designed by Tim Hatley.

Of course what you really want to feast your eyes on is the main man Shrek, played by Dean Chisnall who has also performed the role on the West End stage. Chisnall has the audience in the palm of his hand as the heart warming green ogre who falls in love with Princess Fiona after rescuing her from a fire-breathing dragon (an incredible puppet which gives War Horse’s Joey a run for its money)!

Chisnall makes the animated character come to life and, unlike the film, in the show we get more of a back-story on Shrek’s childhood, which provides more meat on the bone to watch. 

Playing the object of his affection, Princess Fiona, is Flixton born Faye Brookes who puts in a fine performance as the feisty Princess. Brookes is a triple threat performer who can sing, dance and act. She previously toured as Elle in Legally Blonde where she demonstrated some perfect comic timing and again she does so here, especially with Chisnall in the number I Think I Got You Beat- a modern day version of Anything You Can Do (complete with burping and twerking)!

Now in the film version it was Donkey, played by comic genius Eddie Murphy, who took centre stage over Shrek but unfortunately Idriss Kargbo never quite lives up to the performance. Lets face it Murphy had large hooves to fill and to be fair to Kargbo he still manages to raise a few laughs as he energetically moves across the stage.

The surprise star of the show is Gerard Carey as the pint-sized villain Lord Farquaad. Carey gives his all in the role, completely hamming it up to the audiences delight. His facial expressions are hilarious and every musical number he is in has you in stitches! I get the feeling that tour director Nigel Harman who played the original Lord Farquaad in the West End has paid special attention to these scenes as they stand out from the rest and are perfectly polished.

A special mention must go to local girl Lucy Grundy who shines as the Young Fiona. The 10 year old, who hails from Stockport ,has an angelic voice and gave a confident performance which you would never have guessed was her first professional one.

Despite David Lindsay-Abaire’s clever lyrics most of the original songs are run of the mill and not the type you will be humming on the way home. It’s not about the songs though it’s about having fun and that is something Shrek the Musical has in abundance. Whether it’s a child’s giggle at a farting gag or an adult raising a smile at some cheeky innuendo it will lift your spirits for the season.

All in all Shrek the Musical is a magical show you don’t want to miss!

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