Spectacles! live and Spectacles! the book – a double review!!
Last week I FINALLY got to see Sue Perkins’ Spectacles show and it was everything I could’ve imagined and more!
Before I get into the review i’d like to do a quick shout out to Sue because I was meant to see her show Last year in Brighton but couldn’t make it due to a family illness. But Sue sent me a signed copy of her book instead and it really made my year! so THANK YOU SUE YOU’RE AN ANGEL!!
NOW, lets talk about the show!! I went to see it in the gorgeous Lighthouse in Poole, Dorset. The amazing venue created such a personal and chilled out air to the show, as I was expecting from Sue!
The show itself isn’t a reading of the book, nor is it a standup comedy show. To put it plainly it’s Sue talking to the audience. BUT IT WORKS. She is hilarious, and the accompaniment of a slideshow of images from her life (also some pics of Mel that i’m not quite sure she allowed Sue to use!!)
Of course there’s the talk about bake off and the amazing truth about Mary Berry (7 shots of tequila? what a legend!)
To anyone who is going to see the show/wants to see it, You won’t be disappointed! the lightly scripted feel brings out the best in Sue as she ponders over her childhood, and how she grew up with a sentimental mum who collected every little part of her childhood, to a dad who stripped everything back to data.
The two things that made the show for me was:
1. When she brought her dog out onto the stage!! the cute doggo was wearing a nappy which added to the hilarity and just made me want to hop off the balcony and give the pup a hug (the nappy wasn’t a costume…it was a necessity)
2. The second half of the show was mainly filled up with questions from the audience. Now, Sue is very brave for doing this! out of being offered M&Ms and being told that she did a show with Tim Minchin (statements and gifts are apparently what Dorset had to offer for Sue that night). But someone asked her whether she had any phobias. Sue replied with a tale about a kind of handmade plane she was on once (it sounded terrifying) but in classic Sue style, she brushed it off as something she overcame with the marvellous invention of ‘Diazepam’ stating that all she felt was: ‘Jelly, mess and fun times’.
The show ended with a good old sing song of ‘Bad moon rising’ by the Creedence Clear Water Revival, which was a song released the week she was born, and a continuation to the ’70’s nostalgic feel to the show.
SO Spectacles! was a fantastic show and hopefully Sue will do another tour of the hilarious and good-time spectacle!! (pun intended)
even if you have missed out on the Spectacles! live show you can still get the authentic feel of its premise in Sue’s memoir!
The book is very much like the show in respects to how it feels. It’s like having a chat with a friend, hearing funny anecdotes about moments in their life and having a bit of heartache when they reveal something sad and life altering.
Sue’s memoir is more than just the low down on what happened behind the scenes of the GBBO. It’s the tale of a British icon, and the tale of the birth a comedy duo that will go down in history as being a class act of unforgiving women.
Yes, Mel and Sue’s origin story is just as you would imagine it. So I recommend this to book to anyone! (i’ve talked my mum into buying a copy this weekend!)
Where to buy this book:
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (28 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405918551
- ISBN-13: 978-1405918558