A Taste of Freedom - Teatro Spiegeltent Review
What do you get if you put together a psychic who can guess this week's winning Lottery numbers, an auburn haired songstress with the voice of a nightingale, and a rapping Irish Leprechaun? An hours worth of entertainment that could rival any stage, theatre or auditorium in the world, and yes it is right here in Hull.
If the second evening of entertainment is anything to go by, then visitors to this year's Freedom Festival are in for a real treat.
Lucky enough to get tickets to a Taste of Freedom at the Teatro Spiegeltent, I arrived wondering what the evening ahead would hold.
I was wowed right from the start when I arrived at the Teatro Spiegeltent, Freedom's newest venue - a spectacular travelling dancehall from the 1940's located in Wellington Street.
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Feeling like I was on the set of a medieval play, complete with a bar selling special Freedom Ale, and of course a glitterball, I was already in awe of the setting for the night.
Compare for the evening was Doug Segal, star of hit television show How to Read Minds and Influence People, who had six members of the audience up on their feet right from the beginning, when they were lucky enough to catch one of the six white balls he had thrown into the audience.
Asking each of them to pick a number between 1 and 49, and say it out loud, another member of the audience was then invited up on stage to open a sealed envelope where a lottery ticket was found. Yes you've guessed it... with the six numbers picked by the six audience numbers. For anyone feeling lucky with a £1 for this Saturday's draw, the numbers were 6, 12, 13, 32, 37, 47. Off to the shops I go!
Next up on stage was Goodnight Ohio, with guitarist and vocalist John Copley who silenced the audience with his flawless performance and original folk style set, which finished with a unique version of Bob Marley's Three Birds.
Goodnight Ohio were followed by vintage songstress Lili La Scala who had the audience mesmerised right from the start. Who knew such a powerful voice could come from someone so petite? Presenting some of the funniest songs, including Will You Still Love Me When I'm Mutton As You Do Now I'm Lamb (yes, I'd Google it too), Lili's performance is one I will remember for a long time.
They say good things happen in three's and tonight is certainly the case. Third and final act for the evening was the amazing Abandoman, the Edinburgh Fringe sensation who creates musical sketches at lightening speed right before your eyes.
It's easy to see how he has opened for singing sensation Ed Sheeran on his recent UK tour and even won Best Comedy Newcomer at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Who can make up a rap in literally five seconds with items found in the pockets and handbags of ladies and gents in the audience. Even I thought I might have tested him with my Olympic toy from a McDonald's Happy Meal, but no!
His Irish accent and charm had all the audience on their feet applauding him.
A Taste of Freedom has certainly left me wanting more this weekend.
I can't wait to see what Saturday has in store.
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