Blog Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music

Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music

Posted April 20, 2017, 8:39 p.m. by T

Advertisement
Radio K 2

Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music

Enmore Theatre

Sydney, AU

April 19, 2017

In Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music, Graham McPherson, the frontman of the seven-piece ska pop ensemble Madness and sometime DJ and television host, takes to the stage in an amusing, and a times moving, theatrical solo show that combines elements of comedy, a play and music hall.

Triggered by the death of his beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday, Suggs embarks on a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.

Stunned by what he learns, Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970ies Soho, his first appearance on Top of the Pops at the age of eighteen, which started his ascent to rockstardom, and his relationship with an absentee dad, who was a heroin addict, zigzagging through his life and culminating in behind-the-scenes tales of his times and shenanigans with Madness.

Underlined and accentuated with musical accompaniment and uncalled for interjections by his sidekick Deano, Suggs reminisces, tells funny anecdotes and performs cover versions and stripped down renditions of his own emissions.

McPherson’s charisma along with his experience as a performer and raconteur carries the autobiographical monologue along and makes it an engaging show, which is in essence an intimate memoir with an emphasis on personal revelations.

McPherson’s reflective, self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek take on things and his cheeky swagger lend the stories authenticity.

His anecdotes are well-paced / phrased, calibrated to circumvent nostalgia and sentimentality and his punchlines are delivered with the timing of a seasoned standup.

Suggs: My Life Story is a theatrical companion piece to the Madness shows, who are currently touring Australia, and while ample references are made to the constituents of his outfit, being a connoisseur of the band is not a prerequisite for having an enjoyable evening with the insights of Suggs.

 

My Life Story in Words and Music will be in Perth at the Astor Theatre on Saturday April 22 and in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre on Monday April 24.

---

Image from Suggs McPherson website

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Sydney Burlesque Gala 2017

Posted by T
Dec. 13, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

Sydney Burlesque Gala 2017 Sydney, Australia Aight, let’s tick off the basics and history lesson first: Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the ... read more

Germany’s Gestalten Verlag II

Posted by T
Dec. 12, 2017, 8:25 a.m.

Mesdames et messieurs – welcome to the second installment of our feature on Germany’s Gestalten Verlag: Let’s ease in with a beauty: Best of German Interior Design Eds. Christian Boros, ... read more

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age

Posted by T
Dec. 11, 2017, 8:13 a.m.

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum  Art Gallery of NSW Sydney, Australia In the 17th century Dutch Republic – a newly wealthy and independent nation – ... read more

Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver

Posted by T
Dec. 10, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Super Food Family Classics Jamie Oliver Penguin Books Australia   Jamie's Super Food Family Classics is the healthy-eating companion book to the new TV series of Jamie's Super Food. Every ... read more

Locust House by Adam Gnade

Posted by T
Dec. 8, 2017, 8:06 a.m.

Locust HouseAdam GnadeThree One G / Pioneer Press   This one is short, immersive, dense, turbulent and poignant. A novella-length rumination on a time, a place, and a culture. Less ... read more

Advertisement
Radio K 2
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.