Voulez Vous

RICHARD BATSON Pavilion Theatre, Cromer


Think of Abba and it conjures up an era when pop was propelled to new platform-heeled heights of glitter, glamour and harmony – and the debate among the boys; the blonde or the redhead?

The tribute show by Voulez Vous has been going for 12 years, and for more than two hours pumped out the music that dominated the charts in the second half of the 1970s.

Real-life sisters Joanne Edwards and Linda Ann Monks stole the show as the Agnetha (the blonde) and Anni-Frid (the redhead) with ear-catching harmonies, and eye-catching costumes.

The Bjorn and Benny bookends at each side of the stage were played by David Monks – Linda's husband, and a fine guitarist – and Alan Thompson, the girls' brother and keyboard player.

Highlights of a slightly gentler first half were Fernando and Chiquitita before a rousing Voulez Vous.

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Then the hits came thick and fast – Take A Chance on Me, SOS and a rousing Waterloo.

My favourite was Mamma Mia, with all the vocal precision and slick instrumentation for which Abba were renowned.

The 40-something women packed the aisles to dance. And maybe the 40-something men are still in the Pavilion bar continuing the debate ... the blonde or the redhead?

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