Dancing definitely Aloud at The Maltings

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I WAS something of a proverbial sore thumb at The Maltings on Saturday night as one of a few men who dared to venture along to the theatre’s Ladies Night where a fun-filled night was promised.

On the entertainment menu were two tribute acts, Time of Your Life, a tribute to 80s classic ‘Dirty Dancing’ and Girls 2 Loud, a homage to Cheryl et al.

The start of the show was delayed by 15 minutes which meant that by the time the cast of ‘Time of Your Life’ took to the stage the atmosphere was at fever pitch and the audience were pumped up for a night of singing and dancing in the aisles.

First song out of the traps was ‘Yes’, a big favourite from the film.

This song set the tone for the night and the show’s girls Karen, Lisa and Bethan got things off to a cracking start.

But it was the arrival of the male eye candy that got the predominantly female audience whipped into a suitable frenzy when they performed ‘Overload’.

Other classics ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ followed and even when Andy, the show’s Johnny, performed ‘She’s Like The Wind’, the Patrick Swayze classic was brought bang up to date with a dance break that included Lady GaGa’s ‘Just Dance’.

Time Of Your Life’s other modern twist saw the inclusion of Gabriella Cilmi’s ‘On A Mission’ which although only a hit last year, slotted in perfectly with its 1980s sound.

Having seen the West End version of ‘Dirty Dancing’ and being disappointed that a lot of the show was performed to a backing track, it was great to see the soundtrack brought to life with live vocals.

The likes of ‘Hungry Eyes’ and ‘Do You Love Me’ were particular highlights for me and the audience’s applause for the famous lift at the end and their joining in with an encore of ‘Yes’ spoke volumes.

So with ‘Time of Your Life’ going down a storm with the punters the pressure was on Girls 2 Loud to keep everyone on their feet and starting with ‘The Promise’ they couldn’t really fail.

The number one single was clearly a favourite for many as once again everyone was up giving their feet and vocal chords a workout. Girls Aloud’s back catalogue has many party tracks and Girls 2 Loud ensured they were all in there.

The girls might not have been dead ringers for the girls looks wise but they embodied the feisty, fun-loving spirit of the nation’s favourite girl band and their vocals were top notch.

While Kimberley and Sarah don’t necessarily get too much of the spotlight in Girls Aloud, Girls 2 Loud’s Kimberley and Sarah, Laura Oldfield and Hayley Richardson, shared lead vocals with Carly Skelton (Nadine) and definitely justified their starring roles, with ballads ‘Broken Strings’ and ‘I’ll Stand By You’ really showing off their abilities.

But as you’d expect it was the up tempo songs that got the best reaction which meant that the auditorium was jumping for ‘Something Kinda Ooh’, ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Love Machine’.

Everything from the costumes to the dance moves did justice to the real thing and as a huge Girls Aloud fan made me even more keen for them to sort out their squabbles and get back in the recording studio.