Rebecca Carrington and Colin Brown are an extraordinarily talented pair. Between them they have a not inconsiderable pedigree, ranging from stints with The Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to touring with Robbie Williams, David Byrne and Kanye West.
(picture – Jan Wirdeier)
Dream A Little Dream is their latest full-length cabaret show and showcases their talents perfectly.
The first half of the show introduces us to the pair themselves, their early lives and influences, and comprises of a series of medleys ranging from James Bond themes, to Bach to The Beatles. Who knew that almost the entire back catalogue of the Beatles could be performed to the four chords of Bach’s 1st Prelude? It gets funnier the longer it goes on.
Rebecca’s background performing in film scores is shown off in full in a medley comprising all the great iconic themes, with Colin’s comic interpretation running alongside.
A stand out moment in the first half is Rebecca’s solo performance of In Dreams from The Lord Of The Rings soundtrack – just lovely.
(Picture – Jan Wirdeier)
The second half of the show opens with an extraordinary cross-cultural moment that I wouldn’t want to spoil for you, suffice to say it involves Bagpipes and Lederhosen.
By this point we have learned that not only are Rebecca and Colin a married couple but also ‘new Berliners’ having made the city their home for the past 6 years. The quirks and difficulties of adapting to life in Germany are beautifully explored in the comic songs Steuerberater Blues and Für mich soll’s Deutsche Regeln Regnen – both interpretations are achingly funny and would not be out of place in a set by Fascinating Aida.
Towards the end of the show the pair seem to achieve a long held ambition by performing a medley of the hits of their respective musical heroes, Madonna and Michael Jackson, complete with conical (and indeed comical) breasts and studded posing pouch. The impersonations are spot-on and whilst played for laughs are done with the affection of true fans.
(picture – Jan Wirdeier)
They are, as they point out very early on in the show, not a double act but in fact a trio. Joe, the venerable cello is an essential component. The elder statesman of the act, Joe was played at the premiere of Carmen back in the day and has no doubt seen a thing or two. I very much doubt that Joe travels as hold luggage!
Of course, the other star of the show is the venue itself, the beautiful Bar Jeder Vernunft. As you walk up the concrete ramp from Schaperstraße, into what looks like a multi-story car park, you can have no idea what lies in wait for you at the top. A glittering Spiegeltent with intimate seating and a bustling army of waiting staff rapidly transport you back to the heady days of 1920′s Berlin cabaret. An absolute gem.
Dream A Little Dream, Bar Jeder Vernunft,
12 November to 1 December 2013.
Tuesday to Saturday 20.00 (Sundays 19.00)
Tickets 030 8831582