Showcase have been performing and raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support for 25 years, and this week’s show at the Church Hill Theatre clearly demonstrates why they have remained so successful.
From the opening notes of Jen McIntosh singing “One Voice” through to the finale, the show was full of energy, enthusiasm, and a whole lot of wonderful memorable songs. This year’s show has sections featuring the songs of Elton John, Jacques Brel, and Fleetwood Mac, as well as a wide variety of songs from many different musical genres.
It is in some ways unfair in a production of this sort to pick out specific performers, as it is the “showcase sound” in its entirety which makes this show special, but there were a few numbers that really stood out for me. One of my favourite songs “Nothing Compares 2 U” was beautifully sung by Magdalena Chojnacka, and Aghogho Ogunlesi’s version of “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret was also beautiful and very moving. There was one song, however, which really summed up the Showcase sound for me – an a capella version of “Only You” sung by the entire chorus of almost 60 people.
The finale of Showcase 2015 features songs that sum up some of the feelings of loss, support and love associated with cancer, including “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables” from Les Miserables, and winding up with “He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother)”. Showcase hope by the end of this week to have reached their target of £250,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support – please go along and support them if you can. You’ll be helping a great cause, and will have an enjoyable evening as well.
Showcase continues at the Church Hill Theatre until Saturday 26th September.
They will also be performing Christmas concerts at Kirk O Field Church Centre in The Pleasance on Friday 4th December and St Anne’s Church, Kaimes Road on Saturday 5th December.
For more information go to www.show-case.co.uk