I’m not a Britain’s Got Talent fan. Sure, I watch the auditions to laugh at the deluded ones but then, when it comes to the live shows, I switch off, literally. My mistake, because I missed Flawless. Wow. Wow, wow, wow.
I felt like a giddy teenager as I watched some (VERY) attractive men flip, roll and robot around the stage to a great soundtrack. I didn’t know it was possible to bend your arms that way or back flip that many times and still land on your feet – they are a seriously talented and impressive group, excelling in contemporary, but also iconic, dance.
The show takes its influence from a number of sources, some you would expect – there is a very fitting tribute to Michael Jackson, accompanied by a moonwalk that would make the King of Pop himself jealous - but also inspiration from unexpected sources; a reference to The Mask may have been a little misjudged, considering their audience is made up of mainly children and teenagers who may not know the film. But my absolute favourite was The Matrix – that ‘battle scene’ should have been choreographed that way for the film – it was edgy, believable and beautifully executed.
A couple of things let the performance down. They ran a track of a screaming crowd over the Michael Jackson section, which was a little strange as the real audience was fairly restrained. Also, at some points, the acting was a little hammy, but I actually liked this as it felt like a tongue-in-cheek nod to the older members of the audience – namely, me, my friend and the mum’s and dad’s!
I didn’t actually expect to enjoy this show so much, but it deserves those four stars.
Flawless: Intergalactic Dream, Pleasance Grand @ Pleasance Courtyard, 18-29 Aug, 6pm
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