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Pier show was far from being junk

Showcase of Blackpool North Pier summer shows, in the pier's Merrie England bar. (Hoteliers audience).

Showcase of Blackpool North Pier summer shows, in the pier's Merrie England bar. (Hoteliers audience)."Junk". (Russell Brooks, Sam McGowan, Jay Osborne and Jake Briggs).

JuNk

Blackpool North Pier Theatre

SOME of the shows seen at North Pier Theatre in recent years have been what acerbic former television talent judge Piers Morgan called “chuck yourself off the end of the pier” acts when he came to Blackpool for auditions of Britain’s Got Talent.

And many have said the resort needs to bring in more modern shows if it is to keep new audiences coming to visit.

With JuNk, bosses at North Pier have brought an act that nearly blew up the end of the pier. The group – which won Sky 1 talent show Don’t Stop Me Now with their frenetic brand of music, dance and comedy – opened their Sunday night August residency last weekend.

The show, titled And Then There Were Four, is set in a post-apocalyptic junkyard world where the four cast members use various bits of rubbish to create a cacophony of noise which could be annoying if it wasn’t such fun.

Thanks to a heavy injection of humour and the performers’ talent with their “instruments” – if water drums, plastic pipes and lids can be described as such – the show never got close to boring.

And to keep things interesting, the group spiced things up with an array of instantly recognisable songs from over the last few decades.

And after a stomping finale, they received a standing ovation from a whooping crowd, proving they were anything but JuNk.

Paul Fielding

 

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