The Space at Studio 88, London
After releasing their album Vision of You, back in December, Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton have taken their exploration of the backstories of Falco and Sloane (the pair’s characters in Bat Out of Hell) to new levels with a series of concerts about how the duo came to be.
Featuring a mixture of the Vision of You album and additional songs, the evening is an entertaining and dramatic look at two well-loved Bat characters and is certainly a fitting anecdote for the fans still mourning the loss of the show at the Dominion Theatre.
Starting from when Falco and Sloane meet with ‘Falling Slowly’ and ending with a bittersweet duet about the couple’s life and romance, ‘Always Remember Us This Way’, Fowler and Sexton do a brilliant job of storytelling and taking the audience on a journey.
Of course, both are vocal powerhouses and they don’t fail to deliver top notch performances that are gritty but controlled. Combined with Steve Corley’s magical, musical skills and the intimate but booming Space at Studio 88, the couple are able to show various sides of their voices and complement each other remarkably.
The ups and downs of the Falco Family relationship are brought to life further by Erin Ong’s beautiful artwork which is projected between songs to fill in the story gaps. There are a number of aspects of the artwork, staging, lyrics and costumes that directly mirror Bat Out of Hell, and avid fans will have a great time picking out the subtle references to the show.
Fans will also hear some familiar people accompanying the artwork, with Georgia Carling, Katherine Hare, Jordan Luke Gage and Patrick Sullivan lending their voices to dramatic points in the plot and bringing their Bat characters to the screen.
The love Sharon and Rob have for the characters they have created is evident through their album and live performances, and the work they have put into these concerts is so visible. It’s clearly a labour of love for the duo and it’s only right that all three performances at The Space have sold out. Bat fans will love this character development, but even if you’re not a fan of the show, there’s no way you’d be underwhelmed by the incredible talent and dedication the pair exude.
If you want vocal gymnastics, raw performances, drama, angst and romance, then Vision of You, both live in concert and recorded is for you.
Follow Sharon and Rob for updates on future performances during their #FindingTheFalcos journey
photo credit: Specular and Olivia Mitchell