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An Afternoon With The Ladies Of The Cliff Richard Fan Club, Sutton Coldfield, 1995 (Opportunity Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

Your reviewer declares an interest here, having grown up round the corner from this (fictional) fan club. Not that you need to be from the West Midlands to enjoy this show. Nor necessarily a Cliff Richard fan either; though that certainly helps, partly because there’s some gentle audience participation. The fans in our audience cheerfully helped the show along with good-humoured contributions enabled by the show’s framing as an open afternoon for potential new members. There’s much fun as the members go off-script and some sadness as we hear stories of loss and loneliness, alleviated by joining the club and its activities. The result is a warm-hearted exploration of the friendships and eccentricities of such fan clubs everywhere.

Assembly Rooms, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alan Cranston]