On the Rocks Closing Event: Reviewed

Hosted in conjunction with the Lumsden Club in St. Andrews’ Byre Theatre, the evening brought to a close the vast range of events which took place in the annual week of On the Rocks festivities.  The evening began with a wine reception and a chance to chat to not only the ladies of the Lumsden Club, but also the members of the acts who would be performing later on in the evening as well as regular guests.

Seated in the Byre’s main auditorium, the first act to come on stage were members of Music is Love, a committee dedicated to all genres of music within St. Andrews, from house to indie, arranging concerts and gigs. The main singer and guitarist performed a spine-tingling version of Amazing Grace, as well as pop favourite Dancing on my Own, folk ballad Silver Dagger and Irish folk song Parting Glass, very apt for the closing night. The melodious quality of Tiffany Black’s voice was complimented by Amy Hill’s guitar skills, which came into their own as she performed a self-penned piece about Scotland.

Up next was It’s A Wild Child, a group who performed their own real life stories and anecdotes. A pleasing contrast to the initial act and with the perfect level of charisma and appeal to capture and keep the audience’s attention. The tale was one of an awkward encounter with a tutor outside of class, something which many students can relate to, albeit it with the added funniness of two puppies and an inappropriate joke.

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My favourite performance of the night was Blind Mirth, an improvised comedy act, with the professional attitude of an official group many years older. Starting with audience interaction games (humorously involving a potato farmer with questionable motives and Kim Kardashian), they then moved onto attempts of a member to guess ‘corrupt banks’ and ‘a one night stand with Bill Gates’. The routine was littered with tasteful sexual humour involving hoovers and spaghetti, which is always guaranteed to raise a laugh when the audience is university age. Overall it was so professional, you would think they had practiced it countless times, yet the humour was completely on-the-spot and never once faltered.

The closing event finished up with energetic and tantalising performances by Blue Angels, involving a breath-taking tap piece, an energetic hip-hop routine and a mesmerising lyrical and contemporary piece.

The four acts of which the closing event was comprised were all radically different yet all as pleasing and engaging as each other in their own ways, with a perfect mix of humour, dance and music. They were topics which everyone can engage in and relate to, and which made the night an all-round success and perfect way to round off the week.

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