Gilded Balloon
4-30 August, 17.00

If the festival is beginning to stress you out, I can think of no faster remedy than The Singalong Glee Club. Written and performed by David Benson and Stewart Nicholls, the audience is conducted in a mass singsong of nostalgic, fun songs from yesteryear. There is a real mix here, with Benson and Nicholls taking us through long-forgotten songs about bananas as well as indulging audience requests. From eclectic medleys to pop quizzes on advertising jingles, this is a joyous show from start to finish.

In fairness, such a show will only be as good as the audience make it; but Benson and Nicholls’ sheer love for the songs can only fail to move the hardest of hearts. By the end, I was breathless from singing: as I left, Benson touched my arm and said ‘you were great.’ No David, you brought the glee; I merely sang along.

- Miranda Fay Thomas