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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Follow Spot have certainly hit on a formula for enjoyable and satisfying escapist entertainment. (Review by Keith Millar)

The Follow Spot Production Company from Cape Town are undoubtedly one of the festival favourites with their dazzling shows of high energy dance, song and tongue- in-cheek comedy They are designed to be nothing other than pure escapist entertainment.

At the 2018 Hilton Arts Festival they presented three productions. The ubiquitous Big Boys (this time version three, which they claim will be the last instalment), Caliente and You Should Be Dancing.

It was the latter that I had the great pleasure of attending in the huge Falcon Tent venue at the festival.

The show was filled with sizzling high energy dance – as the title of the show may suggest, loads of popular of songs and plenty of humour as the show achieves its mandate of being pure razzle dazzle entertainment.

All of the cast of six contribute to the vocals and the physical comedy, while there are some very funny moments as the driving forces behind Follow Spot, married couple Ash Searle and Vanessa Harris, share anecdotes of their domestic shenanigans and the processes of creating a production

Nearly every style of dance one could think of is represented in the show. From Jive and Charleston to Modern and Disco. There is even a bit of Twerking.

In one hilarious segment, Ash Searle and his brother Brad (The Big Boys) rush through demonstrations of funk, ballet, burlesque, Bollywood, Irish, contemporary, a lap dance, twerking and finish with THE move from Dirty Dancing all in the matter of about five minutes.

A serious moment in the show is when young velvet-voiced Adonis Liam McDermott accompanies himself on guitar as he croons a moody rendition of Simply The Best.

Also of note was the beautiful, sexy and sensuous pas de deux danced by Ash Searle and Vanessa Harris.

Included in the cast of six were impressive dancer/singers Caely Levy and Nadine Theron. The show is certainly not short on eye candy.

Follow Spot have certainly hit on a formula for enjoyable and satisfying escapist entertainment. Long may it last. - Keith Millar