‘A wonderful display of vocal ability & performance’: SONGS FOR NOBODIES – West End

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Ambassadors  Theatre, London – until 23 February 2019

Taking the form of a one-woman show which tells the stories of the unheard meetings with famous performers, Songs For Nobodies is a wonderful display of vocal ability and performance from Bernadette Robinson.

A series of five monologues show the power and effect of celebrity and examine how individual people’s lives can be altered by even a brief, chance encounter. Robinson’s vocal aptitude allows her to create almost uncanny performances of famous singers. A career headed journalist interviews Billie Holiday, a Nottingham librarian recalls her family connection to Edith Piaf and A New York bathroom attendant has an inspiring meeting with Judy Garland.

Each story has a heart, and thanks to Robinson’s performance, they all feel truthful. However, at times Joanna Murray-Smith’s book feels bland.  Of course it’s supposed to mirror real life which isn’t all sparkles and boldness but the one-level feel of the stories does lead to an at times, un-engaging piece of theatre.

With the space and Robinson’s abundant talent, it just feels that a little more work on the ‘nobodies’ to give them more well-rounded stories, could create a truly captivating show. The simplicity of the show works well though, with the cabaret vs drama aspect maintaining a good balance and keeping Robinson at the forefront and heart of the whole thing.

Robinson’s talent is undeniable and she is certainly a master of her craft but Songs For Nobodies does a predictable job of showing her off.

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Always surrounded by music from a young age, Olivia Mitchell is currently completing a degree in Classical Singing. To honour her passion for musical theatre in particular, in 2015, she started her blog Rewrite This Story, where she reviews shows, interviews performers and writes about all things theatrical. She tweets via @RewriteThisWeb.
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Always surrounded by music from a young age, Olivia Mitchell is currently completing a degree in Classical Singing. To honour her passion for musical theatre in particular, in 2015, she started her blog Rewrite This Story, where she reviews shows, interviews performers and writes about all things theatrical. She tweets via @RewriteThisWeb.

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