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The Hat Pack (New Town Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

First things first: the show contains surprisingly few hats. Maybe two. A music variety evening with a constantly shifting lineup, ‘The Hat Pack’ offers a fun, if slightly disjointed, evening of jazz and cabaret. The rotation of performers means it’s pot-luck as to what you’ll get the show description lists world music, folk and hip-hop, none of which I saw, and does not list spoken poetry against a soundscape, which I did. We’re initially presented with a 1920s Berlin theme, which is quickly abandoned and by the end when we’re enjoying ‘Hit The Road, Jack’ (1960) with nary a thought of the Golden Twenties. It’s good fun, but at ninety minutes is a little long. Avail yourself of the cash bar.

New Town Theatre, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]