Showcase Productions 2014 – session 1
Viva Cabaret Blackpool
Producer Barrie Lucas& Colin Jones
November 3rd and 4th
Blackpool seafront during the famous illuminations provides a great backdrop for an inaugural event such as this. Producer Barrie Lucas has been on the wrong end of some, in my view, thoroughly undeserved flak from certain quarters, apparently for daring to challenge the status quo in showcase land. Viva is a great venue for a showcase given the sound and light advantages and the superior staging facilities.
The opening session began with a song and a warm, effusive welcome from compere Scott Gallagher. Bright, breezy and business-like, as well as extremely tuneful, this entertainer from the new breed of compere/presenters proved to be a considerable asset.