Presented by Godfrey Uke & His Orchestra
Reviewed 26 February 2016
For those dwindling few who are lucky enough to remember the roaring twenties, Godfrey Uke’s Tin Pan Alley will be a stroll down memory lane. As for the rest of us, it is a stunning insight into what we missed out on. A time when life was lived, the music of the day was jazz, there was a pretty formal but glamourous dress code, the brass bands were big and socialising was a thing that took place outside of our screens. A time of toe tapping and hand clapping rhythm.
Hopping aboard the Popeye from Elder Park, the music is already playing and getting you into the swing of things. You can’t help but smile and begin toe tapping as you take your seat. A vino of your choice, cider, or even a delicious Bees Knees cocktail is the perfect accompaniment along with a mini slider and smorgasbord of cheese, crackers, nibbles and bits. Goes down a treat.
The show is a wonderful mixture of song, comedy and the narrative of the central character, Godfrey’s, life. All the while you are cruising the lovely and picturesque River Torrens from behind the Zoo all the way down to the weir, and families, fishermen and friendly people waving as you cruise past at a leisurely pace.
By the end of the journey, both on the River and though the story of Godfrey’s life, you’ll not even notice that an hour and a half has passed, and you’ll certainly be groaning at the prospect of returning to reality and 2016, where Putting on the Ritz and Anything Goes are just distant, faded but treasured memories.
No need to worry though, as Godfrey said ‘Only four more years to go and we’ll be back in the twenties’.
Wandered off up King William Street after the show with jazz tunes stuck in my head and dancing the Charleston.
Reviewed by Sara Vila
Rating (out of 5): 4
Venue: The Popeye Mark 3, River Torrens, Elder Park, Adelaide
Season: 26-28 February 2016
Duration: 90 mins
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)