Pros: Storytelling, music, comedy and tragedy all in one night
Cons: Very tightly packed seating .
This was my first time at The Forge in Camden. It is a small venue with a large bar and small stage area in the back. As we took our seats in the sold out auditorium, the seat layout reminded me of a school assembly. This was also my first experience of the Crick Crack Club and I hope it won’t be my last. From the second I shouted back “Crack!” to the call of “Crick?” with the rest of the roaring audience, I was hooked.
A huge rug covered the stage with long beige curtains filling the background. A harp and a Celtic drum were the only set. Nick Hennessey walked on stage wearing pinstriped trousers and a waistcoat. He began the show by quietly singing Irish folk songs. Ireland and Nick go hand in hand it would seem, as he began to tell us about his childhood and his father. Nick told his stories with such passion and truth and I was transfixed by the whole performance. The long fairy tale was about Ireland and a boy’s adventure to save his father’s life. The story had many twist and turns and took the audience on a fantastical adventure that I won’t forget in a hurry.
Nick also happens to be a talented musician the sound of his harp playing was magical and really helped stimulate your imagination. The Celtic drum was also transformed into a variety of different objects in the show: from horse hooves to the sound of unravelling yarn.
The only thing I found somewhat disappointing was the seating. It was fairly cramped and the audience were tightly packed next to each other like sardines in a can.
The show was an amazing triumph and an absolute delight to be part of. The audience joined in at times where songs and lyrics were repeated. This just made you feel even more a part of the adventure. The whole audience, myself included, held its breath when things got tense and laughed until we cried.
Written and performed by: Nick Hennessey
Presented by: Crick Crack Club
More Information: http://www.crickcrackclub.com/MAIN/HOME.HTM