Hit Fringe show gives away free pints to audience

DISPENSING pints from the stage while powering through a repertoire of classic hits and anthems, Choir of Man proved a surprise hit when they debuted at the Fringe last year, and they're back.

Choir of Man
Choir of Man

Choir of Man is simply the best pub lock-in you’ve ever been to... albeit in the main hall of the Assembly Rooms, on George Street.

From the creative minds Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay (the team behind Gobsmacked!, the Soweto Gospel Choir and The Magnets) The Choir of Man is 60 minutes of unadulterated entertainment combining high energy dance, live percussion and foot stomping choreography with the incredible vocal talents of nine guys who perform everything from sing-along classics to full on rock.

Imagine the greatest pub gig you’ve ever been to and multiply it by 10 and you’ll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout.

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    Featuring pub tunes, folk, rock, choral and even opera numbers, the cast features world class tap dancers, tumblers, singers, instrumentalists and even a UK Poetry Slam champion, ensuring there is something for everyone.

    Not only is the concert set in a pub, but there’s a real working bar from which the cast pull pints while inviting audience members to get up close and personal and join them on stage, seated at the pub’s tables.

    During the show cast tackle everything from Guns n’ Roses’ The Jungle (also the name of the imaginary on stage pub) through Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, an a capella rendition of Sia’s Chandelier, the Adele favourite Hello, Queen’s anthemic Somebody to Love to the song that proved a show-stopper last year, The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha, which was a massive hit for Andy Williams in the Sixties.

    With a theme of brotherly love, the piece is poetically narrated throughout and is once again turning into one of this year’s top feel good shows on the Fringe.

    So, warm up those vocal chords, and get down to the newest (and best?) local in town. It might not be Club Tropicana, but some of the drinks are free. Choir of Man, Assembly Rooms, George Street, until 26 August, 8pm, £15-£17, 0131-623 3030