Four Poofs and a Piano

ISABEL COCKAYNE Bury St Edmunds Festival event at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds


Camper than a pink tent, this barbershop quartet with a juicy twist tied pop medleys and show tunes with their own witty songs for a spectacular show.

Four Poofs and a Piano whistled through the decades from 60s to present-day urban.

Their take on 70s Top of the Pops dance troupe Pan's People was a scream – two men with spreading guts in wigs and shiny ponchos bouncing around to disco numbers then switching to a moody Kate Bush number was fabulous.

Then there were the medleys – from Abba to an 80s ensemble that reminded you that not every pop song during that era was terrible.

The satirical/risqué songs written by the boys – David Roper (piano) David Wickenden, Stephen de Martin and Ian Parkin – allowed them to show off their humour.

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They are well used to introducing guests on Jonathan Ross's TV show but this performance was only one of their first forays into a bigger routine, so it wasn't polished.

The lighting seemed strange at times and those sitting in the stalls were smoked out during the Queen number, but Four Poofs' strong voices, fun songs and excellent piano playing was hugely entertaining.

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