Which makes it all the sadder that the show doesn’t quite work. The character of Caroline is too nice. She lacks edge. You don’t stumble away afterwards with a clear memory of… anything that blew your mind, knocked your socks off, made you go yee-haa.
There is an effective and brilliantly performed song about two Greek shepherds who meet, fall for each other across a mountain valley by whistling, make out… and then of course he never whistles her back. But where did that come from in a show supposedly about Caroline travelling the UK and “listening to people”? It just points up the lack of a coherent vision.
The Caroline Carter Show is less than the sum of its parts. Caroline is reduced to bringing on a drinks trolley halfway through and inviting a member of the audience up to hand round the Jack Daniels. (Voice from the audience on the night I went: “It must be an expensive show”.) You shouldn’t need to buy your public’s love so obviously.
- Craig Singer