Nano Bo Banafana Presents “Musical Chairs” starring Adam Kay, Sarah-Louise Young, and Ginger & Black. The Talk, Norwich 19 April. Review and photos.
Tonight’s Nano Bo “Musical Chairs” cabaret night at The Talk was a rather different Bo Nanafana, with the marvellous Pop Up Kitchen serving delicious food, as for the first part of the evening meals were served at tables and chairs on the dancefloor, with excellent cabaret acts and music from Drink ‘n’ Jive carried us through until about midnight when the dancefloor was cleared for dancing.
Compere Pete introduced the first act, who was Adam Kay in the first of two sets, with some very clever and very naughty songs. We also had superb sets from Sarah-Louise Young and Ginger & Black with their so dry and deadpan delivery. Sarah-Louise was especially brilliant as a maudlin, melancholic French chanteuse whose thunder was stolen by Edith Piaf!
As always the place was decorated to the nines by the lovely Bo crew, and the audience dressed to match, looking stunning in the perfect setting and dancing relentlessly until the early hours as Earl Harlem treated us to a fine selection of music.
An excellent night, with a difference, and another in a very long line of brilliant Bo Nanafana occasions.
There’s Chairs (Cabaret-style) and there’s Music(al Comedy) with optional supper, compulsory laughter and unavoidable dancing to finish.
Starring Adam Kay – qualified Doctor and singer of filthy songs. With six Edinburgh Fringe (& a Norwich Playhouse) sell-outs; his ‘London Underground’ song gorn viral on YouTube and Comedy writing for the Beeb (Mongrels, Up the Women and new commission ‘600 Days’) up his sleeve – you’ll be in the presence of a true “self-unemployed writer-comedian-singer” His words.
“This made me very, very happy” Stephen Fry
And also starring the legend that is Sarah-Louise Young, internationally renowned cabaret performer, actress and writer. Named one of Time Out’s Top 10 Cabaret Acts and voted Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards. Look out for her alter-ego Sammy Mavis Junior!
“Outstanding cabaret” Time Out
Stop Press: we announce the final act of the night – Ginger & Black – you may have seen them on Russell Howard’s Good News. Deadpan funny and ‘they don’t tan’ (their words)
“Comedy plus songs doesn’t equal disaster; this is dark, cleverly understated, lyrical dexterity.” Nosheen Iqbal, The Guardian
With comedy legend Pete Dobbing compering and guest DJs Drink ‘n’ Jive DJing, & The Pop Up Norwich Kitchen cooking – we’ve got it all going on.
Dress a little fancy – and we’ll dress the venue – deal. Seated fun followed by dancing off your supper.
Tickets are £15 (£12.50 Concs) and can be bought online at http://www.bonanafana.com – just follow the Eventbrite link below
or in the flesh from The Talk Norwich; Official Site or The Rock Collection (any day now).
This is the new Nano Bo Nanafana – smaller but still massive – with nights of musical comedy, cabaret and live performance every coupla months. Dates to follow soon.
Many thanks to all at Bo Nanafana, The Talk, all the acts and artists as well as everyone who allowed me to snap them during the night!
words and photos © all rights reserved, richard shashamane 2014