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Review: Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto @ Lichfield Garrick Studio

Al Bowlly's Croon Manifesto

Al Bowlly's Croon Manifesto

Picture the scene: the Lichfield Garrick Studio set out with tables in the style of a 1930s night club. A trio of musicians – two acoustic guitars and a bass saxophone for the musically interested – and the mood was set for Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto.

At  this point we might have been forgiven for expecting an Al sound-alike to appear, smile at the audience and then work his way through the Bowlly songbook.

This we didn’t get.

Instead, we  were taken through the feel and style of the inter-war years – from the Far East and then onto Berlin and London, often at breakneck speed, by a slick and talented cast, with musicians sometimes taking up an acting role and actors sometimes  taking up an instrument.

The audience had the opportunity to join in, dance a little, act a little and even become a born again Clark Gables.

All in all the show was a romp and enjoyed by many.

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