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Susan Elkin reviews: Forever Plaid

Forever Plaid continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 27 June 2021.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Stewart Ross’ 1992 musical gives us four young men who met at high school somewhere in America in the 1950s. They form a part-time harmony group called Forever Plaid. En route to their first proper gig they are killed by a coach carrying a party of nuns on their way to a Beatles concert. That’s the back story.

Now in 2021, they are back from the dead, landed like aliens in what to them seems like a foreign country, surprised to find they can still sing and, of course, they have a show to do – if they can remember it.

So they don their tuxedos and plaid cummerbunds and get started. It’s a quirky, witty vehicle for what is effectively, a concert of 1950s music.

The four young actors are an impressive, immaculately choreographed (by Racky Plews) quartet. They sing beautifully with impeccable diction and near perfect intonation …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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