REVIEW: Suggs at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

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David Cassidy pictured in 2008. Picture: PA

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Away from all the Madness, erstwhile nutty boy Suggs reflected on his colourful life in a funny, poignant tour de force.

Natilly suited, looking slim fit and agile, the starting point of his tale was the morning of his 50th birthday.

Lying dazed and hungover from a big celebration the night before, he was shocked into reverie by the realisation that he was half a century old, his kids had grown up and left home, and, most shocking of all, his beloved cat had died...

Weaving back and forth in time, Suggs took us on an entertaining journey from 1960s Soho to the dawn of punk and heady days of stardom – in his words, sailing the seas of teenage delirium.

And underpinning it all was the sad truth about the search for his absentee father.

The monologue was interspersed with musical interludes accompanied on piano and guitar, reminding us that this gifted raconteur is also one of the best-loved entertainers of his generation.

So the story of Mr Pringle the woodwork teacher blended seamlessly with Baggy Trousers, and memories of Ian Dury segued to What A Waste.

Laugh-out loud fun, misty-eyed wistfulness and a life-affirming message – oh, what fun we had!

ALAN COOPER