Girl Talk

IAN COLLINS Norwich Playhouse (Norfolk and Norwich Festival)


Norwich Playhouse (Norfolk and Norwich Festival)

They've been called the Three Tenors with more sparkle, but Girl Talk are really three altos with dazzling, devastating attitude.

Take (these) three girls - jazz singer of the year Claire Martin, acclaimed cabaret artiste Barb Jungr and Neasden soul queen Mari Wilson - and voices with such power can fill any venue and thrill any audience.

But the blissful Girl Talk theme - played out now over eight years and in hundreds of concerts - is the flame that needs to be put to so many beloved torch songs.

While the tunes are fabulous, the lyrics (invariably written by men) are ferociously bad.

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Keep young and beautiful if you want to be loved? No Claire, Barb and Marie. You're perfect exactly as you are.