By Ron Bingham
This is a change from Vikki’s show last year, as Vikki pays tribute to her dad. At the start, the audience sees a stage filled with a wide variety of musical instruments set up ready to play. Vikki enters and, in a very fast paced delivery, tells the story of her youth: falling in love with music and how much of an influence her dad had been. While speaking she is also using various instruments and technology to create a backing group to her stories. Some of the instruments Vikki can play very well, some have been borrowed and she has yet to master them yet she has an attachment to all of them. There are a couple of “proper” songs, including a lovely one to her father at the end.
One of the major scenes involves a story where Vikki was asked to sing backing vocals for a major artiste and what happened afterwards. In the audience was a(nother) reviewer who had been apparently having a Twitter battle with Vikki over the wearing of a dog costume (from last year’s show) as a bet, where she would receive an extra star if she donned the furry suit. Vikki turned the tables and forced him to wear it in the scene, to the riotous applause of the rest of the audience (it’s probably on t’internet as I write).
So if you want to see a very personal show about family and influences, which is also musically entertaining and funny, see this show. There is a little swearing but it will appeal to all ages.
Vikki Stone is performing Instrumental at Underbelly, Cowgate.
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