St Andrews’ all girl A cappella group, ‘The Accidentals’ and the charity, ‘Women for Women’ combined their efforts to bring us St Andrews’ second annual ‘Women in the Arts’, showcasing a variety of different types of art forms including dancing, poetry and singing!
I was unable to make the first show on Wednesday evening, however, I heard it was a full house and a night to remember and so I was excited to experience Thursday’s show. No less can be said for the second night as I was very much impressed by all of the talents featured in the show.
‘The Accidentals’ opened the show with “The Clap Song”, their unanimous clapping routine which I personally thought was very well done. The show continued with poets Alexandra and Emma speaking on topics that women can relate to nowadays such as the morning after pill and the game of ‘never have I ever’. This was later followed by vocalists Tong-Tong and Astar who gave the audience a glimpse of the arts in different cultures; Tong-Tong singing a local Chinese song and Astar singing two songs, one in Arabic and the other in Hindi. I really enjoyed the aspect of bringing different cultures together in a celebration to women’s contributions to the arts across the world.
The show continued to embrace different cultures with dancer Katrina, who brought a bit of spice to the floor with her Salsa moves. I felt like the girls who coordinated the show had really thought of everything, even bringing on a comedian, Elise, whose humorous references to everyday St Andrews life, provided laughter for the audience before another all girls A Cappella group,‘The Humming Birds,’ took to the stage with remixes of ‘Stacey’s Mum,’ and ‘Teenage Dirt Bag.’ As the show’s finale neared we were treated to singer-songwriter Katrina, who played some of her original songs including ‘Broken Chair’ and ‘Superman.’ The ladies from, ‘The Accidentals,’ then brought the show to a close with the songs, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and ‘Who Did That to You.’
The show was definitely one not to miss and one which I sincerely hope to see going from strength to strength in future years. I enjoyed every moment of the night and was happy to see ‘Women for Women’ working with ‘The Accidentals,’ to support such a great cause.The sheer variety of cultures, styles and medium showcased highlighted the ongoing successes and flourishing importance of women within the world of the arts .The show was well organised and intimate, I enjoyed my experience and can’t wait for next year.