Review: Cromer Pier Show Two is a glittering success

A scene from the 2017 Cromer Pier Show. Picture: AL PULFORD.

A scene from the 2017 Cromer Pier Show. Picture: AL PULFORD. - Credit: Archant

Opening night of Show Two at the Cromer Pier Show celebrated their 40th Birthday in style on July 8.

Within seconds of the lights going down and a spotlight appearing on the deep red curtains of the Cromer Pier Theatre, audience members were clapping in synchrony.

First up was a sparkling number celebrating 'Fabulous Cromer', complete with glittering golden costumes and plenty of energy.

We were introduced to the cast, from the Seaside Special dance crew to vocalists Emily Yarrow and Lee Bright.

After an initial two minutes of sky high kicks and roof-raising vocals, on came the show's compere Phil Butler.

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From there we met Phil's colleague (and flatmate) comedy juggler James Bustar, and comedian Joey Howard.

The show is devised, directed and choreographed by Di Cooke, who has steered the shows since 2003.

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Di said: 'I start working on the show for six months before we have the five weeks of training and learning the choreography. With two shows there's so much content to come up with, and it's all my own inspiration.

'It's a challenge making sure both shows are completely different, even though there's still some similar elements because it's the same cast but they're completely different shows.'

Luckily the second show featured some astonishing acts, including a ultraviolet light magic show and a glow-in-the dark juggling act.

Di continued: 'The best thing about it for me is seeing the audience leave singing the songs and walking down the pier with smiles on their faces.

'The show gets better every year so I think this may be our best one yet. When I talk to people who have never been before they're always so surprised- but in a good way!

'They don't expect the standard to be this high, but we have to make sure they are. That's why we keep seeing our audience figures go up, I think this year we're up 20% again and all of the shows are pretty sold out.'

The stars of the show for me had to be the Seaside Special purely because they are, as Mr Butler pointed out, the 'backbone of the show.'

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