Frisky & Mannish’s PopLab ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
REVIEW & OPINION BY TONY FRAME. VENUE 3. GEORGE SQUARE GARDENS – PALAIS DU VARIETE.
I did not know what to expect with Frisky & Mannish’s PopLab, having purchased the tickets solely because a few friends were up for the Fringe and they were going to see them. So, to join my friends for the experience, I bought my ticket online and had a quick glimpse as to what the show was all about on the Edinburgh Fringe website…something to do with pop music. That’s fine, I like pop music. It can’t be bad, I thought. Boy…was that an understatement!
A few minutes into the show and already what I am witnessing is something different, something unique…something special. Miss Frisky is striking and sassy as she struts onto the stage singing in a silver dress with big bright red hair like a Devilish diva. Mannish is of equal exuberance with an image and persona that, to me at least, is almost a homage to Keith Flynt from The Prodigy and Adam Ant in Stand and Deliver – an ultimate 80s/90s musical demigod.
The verbal exchanges between Frisky and Mannish at the start were perplexing at first (I had no idea what the show was really about, remember?). But what comes to fruition is a science-lab pop music experiment that regurgitates pop songs into a whole new formula. To put it into a nutshell; think of Rick Astley‘s Never Gonna Give You Up but performed in the style of AC/DC. Two completely different musical genres blended together equals one unique version of the song.
Miss Frisky’s voice and range, and the seamless shifting from one song and style to another—like a veteran DJ mixing two songs at opposite ends of the spectrum—is like something sprinkled with fairy dust that it’s almost out of this world. I’m not mincing my words here. I’ve seen high-end Musical Theatre productions and plenty of live bands (some well known) and none have come close to Miss Frisky’s vivacious vocal skills.
It may sound like Mannish is left out of the limelight but that is not the case; he too proves his prowess as King of the keyboard with his amazing accompaniments and adding some unique and comedic vocal delights throughout.
And whilst the blending of musical styles to popular songs is not solely unique to Frisky and Mannish, what is solely unique to them, and their show, is the skill and musical range both performers display as well as the sizzling spark between this delightful duo.
Even their audience interactions, and ensuing improvisations, demonstrates a musical par excellence of two professionals at the top of their game who display an incredible encyclopedic pop knowledge that is off the charts. It’s frenetically fabulous and Top of the Pops and hands down one of the best shows I have ever seen at the Fringe.
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