The Spooky Men’s Chorale
01 Aug 2017
The Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving… as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. The manchoir emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.
Renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies, in middle age, are more masters of their territory than ever before, with five critically-acclaimed albums under their belt. For their 2017 UK tour, they will revisit their much loved b(l)ack-catalogue, forays into immense Georgian anthems, tender arrangements of traditional and contemporary classics, their own uniquely entertaining songs and choreography.
Their last UK tour saw a large number of sell-out concerts at major venues and a whole raft of ecstatic festival audience reactions. You must see them. Really, you must.
“Inspired – and a triumph of choreography! Catch them on the road – a fantastic night out is guaranteed!” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“High camp, epic folly – probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit’ – The Irish Times
“Highly theatrical, they veer from weird to touching and back again. Grown up entertainment in the best, most infantile way. Don’t miss an opportunity to see them” – Daily Telegraph
PLUS! There is also a workshop for this show that will take place prior to the show at Turner Contemporary, 3pm. Tickets £5 + booking fee.
SING LIKE A BLOKE (blokes of all genders welcome).
Stephen Taberner and his trusted henchmen from the Spooky Men’s Chorale share secrets from the spooky lexicon, including getting in touch with your inner 22 stone tribal chieftain, how to sob like a man, and how to look good in profile. Oh yes- you’ll also some magnificently grandiose songs from the spooky repertoire, including a useful song for building pyramids with. And they are always happy to field questions on beard manicuring, safe polishing of tools, and how to dispose of mastodon carcasses thoughtfully.
This is a workshop for absolutely everyone, ESPECIALLY people who haven’t sung for a long, long time.
Tickets* Full Price £18, Restricted View £15, FOMT £16
*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Running time: 2 hours inc interval