Returning to his hometown, Michael Griffiths’ one man (or one woman!) show is a cleverly performed lyrical tale of Annie Lennox and her rise to fame as one half of the popular group, The Eurythmics.
Told through the eyes of Lennox, Griffiths delivers her story through her songs which are interwoven with anecdotes and quips from her life to learn some of the stories behind her career, including the highs and lows and, of course, the tricky relationship with her lover/professional partner Dave A Stewart. A significant portion of the show highlights the mercurial partnership between the two and how we can sometimes neither live with or without another person.
There are also some funny moments, with the depiction of Annie Lennox’s ‘ritual’ to rid the universe of her bad lyrics along with Griffiths’ affable interaction proving a hit among the audience.
Michael Griffiths is a strong performer both vocally and musically, adapting some of Lennox’s most popular songs such as ‘Missionary Man’ , ‘Love is Stranger’ and of course, ‘Sweet Dreams’, to make them his own without losing the mood of the songs. The opening night audience, who were enjoying every moment, sang back up vocals on ‘Thorn in my Side’ and were pleasantly entertained by a local artist who has toured with Jersey Boys among other successful productions.
You should go see this show not only because it is by a fellow Adelaidean, but because it is a masterful expression from a very talented artist!
Reviewed by Darren Hassan
Venue: Artspace, enter via the Space Theatre foyer, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: 12-13 June 2013
Duration: 70 minutes
Bookings: Book at BASS