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Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra (WIUO in association with Gilded Balloon)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

In bizarre clothing and bright colours, this ten-piece orchestra took to the stage, armed with their ukuleles. However, as the performance went on, it seemed to be less about the ukuleles and more about self-indulgent solo singing performances. That’s not to say the songs weren’t good – they were, with a good range of old and new, a funny use of props and wonderful harmonies that formed a bright and charismatic performance (if a little cheesy). But, whilst some parts were obviously tongue-in-cheek, for the most part it was ambiguous whether the New Zealand performers were taking themselves seriously or not, leaving cringe-worthy moments that took away from the actually very good music.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 6.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Helena Wadia]