On Wednesday evening we paid another visit to the Circa Theatre, this time to see Beatcamp! - a musical show by New Zealand's self-proclaimed "favourite girl group". We'd decided to go to the Circa restaurant for a pre-theatre dinner, and enjoyed a surreal conversation with our waiter:
Waiter: "Do you know the drill here?"
Us: "Er, no...why don't you tell us?"
Waiter: "OK…here's the menus, and here's a wine list"
So, just like one of those new-fangled "restaurant" thingies, then. Thanks for clearing that up.
Shortly before 7pm, we left the restaurant and took up our positions in the Circa 2 theatre. The doors were shut, the lights went down, and the show began…
Beatcamp! is a themed song'n'dance show, mainly based around the Fifties and Sixties, but with occasional excursions into the Eighties, Nineties, and Noughties. The first half of the show was set around an interplanetary space flight, allowing such numbers as "Fly Me To The Moon". The second half kicked off with a tribute to Amy Winehouse before turning into a more general Sixties girl-band routine (including that well-known Sixties girl group, Wham!, with “I’m Your Man”).
Inevitably, I compare them to the Puppini Sisters. The show is less of a gig and more a piece of theatre, and the harmonisation not as accomplished - although the overall quality of the singing was very good. Also, inevitably for a show of this kind, there were no original songs. Nevertheless, it was very accomplished and entertaining, and we had a great time.