Review: Night two of Take That’s Norwich shows
- Credit: Archant
I'm going to start by admitting I've never really been a Take That fan.
Sure I would sing along to Rule the World in the car, but in all honesty when I heard they were coming to Norwich I didn't rush out to get my hands on some tickets.
As someone who was born in 1992 - when the band released Take That & Party - I felt the show probably really wasn't for me, and more for women of a certain age or my flatmate's mother who told us to 'have a fabby time'.
But a 'fabby time' is exactly what we did have, as we found ourselves bobbing along to the songs we didn't know, as well as singing along loudly to the ones we did.
They set themselves a high bar, when just three songs in there had already been confetti cannons and bursts of flames.
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'They're going to have to keep this up,' my flatmate said to me between songs.
But as much as I had expected to just think everything was fine, I found the performance got better with every song.
- 1 Work started on four new homes without permission
- 2 Woman has heart attack and dies in ambulance waiting for a hospital bed
- 3 Flight bound for Norwich turns back to Aberdeen
- 4 Murder investigation launched after body of man found in Norwich flat
- 5 Holt Hall for sale after years of uncertainty
- 6 Mum's heartfelt tribute to daughter who died in A47 collision
- 7 Christmas craft, food and gift fair returning to Norfolk estate
- 8 Jets heard roaring over Norwich for training exercise
- 9 Man who died after a medical episode in Hopton identified
- 10 Who can get a Covid booster jab and how can I book one?
Not only did the trio seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves - something I always feel shines through at any gig.
But the other players in the Wonderland they had created - the crew, the dancers, the band - all made it a breathtaking production which left you not knowing where to look.
I wasn't alone in being a bit blasé. Vicki Runnacles, 26, from King's Lynn had come along with her 55-year-old mother Diane and Maureen Howard, 67, from Hunstanton.
They said the show was 'amazing' but Diane added: 'I was quite neutral about coming. I came for the entertainment and to see what they were like.'
But she needn't have worried, and neither did I, Vicki added: 'But it was definitely worth coming, it was amazing.'
Not only did Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen manage to keep their energy and passion clear throughout their whole set.
And even for some of us who didn't know every word to every song, there was enough to keep you feeling like you weren't out of your depth and enough to look at to keep you entertained.
Between multiple costume and set changes, a waterfall feature, moving platforms, light shows and a firework finish, it was a show fit for Wembley in our very own Carrow Road.