Taking to the stage on your own at an intimate venue is no mean feat. But performing a self penned show about your life, your accomplishments and your heart-breaks to an audience within touching distance is a very brave move and one only attempted by someone at the very top of their game.
And that is where John Partridge is, despite a year filled with tragedy and torment, right up there, at the top of his game.
John was first inspired to write the show entitled Stripped following the death of his mother and he has taken all of his emotion and wrapped it up into an outstanding piece of theatre, which I can honestly say is one of the best solo shows I have ever seen.
I say theatre, because like Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle, who is world renowned for her solo shows, John Partridge doesn’t perform a mere cabaret, he takes you on a roller coaster journey through story and song, which will have you crying with laughter one minute and sobbing the next.
But it’s not just the writing and production of the show, which is of the highest quality, John Partridge also proves that there are few ahead of him when it comes to performance.
Accompanied by a two-piece band and with excellent vocal support from Emma Linders, John performs standards including “Truly Somebody” and “I Am a Chandelier” and gives a masterclass in acting through song keeping the audience completely captivated.
There is a wonderful short film to add another dimension to the piece too, which charts aspects of his life from when he first went to the Royal Ballet School as a nine-year-old and finishes with what he hopes to become as a mature man.
And his newfound sobriety is also openly talked about, but not dwelled upon. When John performs a song he wrote for his mother, it is a heart-breaking moment, but that’s what makes the intimacy of the show all the more poignant. You are invited to join John for a celebration and with some hilarious moments and uplifting song and dance numbers also included, Stripped is an outstanding theatrical concoction with all the right ingredients.