Sweet Nothings: We Need to Talk review theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53) ​ Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 Sunday 7th August

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“We Need to Talk” is this year’s show by a cappella group Sweet Nothings at theSpace@Surgeons’ Hall.

The show focuses on the ups and downs of young love – searching for and meeting that special someone, being dumped, being cheated on, being supported by your friends – using the words of songs from singers such as Adele, Rihanna and Paloma Faith.

I usually greatly enjoy a cappella singing, but I have to admit this show didn’t work for me. It’s maybe a generational thing, as the younger (teens/twenties) members of the audience seemed to love it. I don’t know if it was the acoustics in the hall to blame, but from where I was sitting at the side of the performance area, it was very difficult to hear any solo singing over the rather repetitive backing singers. Sadly, to me it felt like watching a not very good audition for the X Factor.

Review by Lisa Sibbald

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