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Portsmouth Players in rehearsal for The Full Monty

Portsmouth Players dare to bare as they go The Full Monty at The Kings Theatre

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There’s some irony in We Will Rock You, a show whose plot centres around rebelling against manufactured pop music and bringing back rock, starring three performers who were ‘discovered’ by reality shows!

The plot, such as it is, features young Bohemians Galileo and Scaramouche finding themselves while rebelling against the tyrannical regime of Killer Queen, but it’s really a framework from which to hang some of Queen’s greatest hits.

Former Hearsay member Noel Sullivan is impressive as Galileo, blurting out rock lyrics that come to him in dreams and singing strongly, though he’s overpowered in duets with Amanda Coutts’ Scaramouche. Coutts herself exudes charm and charisma. Tiffany Graves clearly has a ball as Killer Queen, chewing the scenery with abandon and performing raunchy routines with a twinkle in her eye.

The revelation here though is former X Factor finalist Rhydian as sneering villain Khashoggi. Striding about the stage with a sneer and a camp malevolence, he dominates every scene he’s in and effortlessly overpowers the other vocalists.

If the constant references to great bands and artists of the past and the stock of Ben Elton one-liners wear thin, then the enthusiasm of the cast and the brilliant band shine through and I defy anyone to leave the theatre without a smile on their face!