Review: Brendan Cole, Alhambra Dunfermline

Brendan Cole's 'A Night to Remember' came to the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline.
Brendan Cole's 'A Night to Remember' came to the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline.

As the band started up you could feel the anticipation from the crowd in the Alhambra as everyone awaited the appearance of Brendan Cole.

And from the first glimpse of the dancer, best known for his appearance on Strictly Come Dancing and the swirling paso capes, the audience of all ages was hooked.

With a show boasting the title ‘A Night to Remember’ Brendan and his fellow dancers had quite a task in front of them, but judging from the crowd’s reaction they succeeded in making it just that.

This show was a chance to see all your favourite Latin and ballroom dances performed live on stage -and there were a few surprises thrown in.

Particular highlights included the goosebump inducing Romeo and Juliet inspired waltz performed by Brendan and leading lady Fauve Hautot to ‘I’m Kissing You’ - simply stunning. A Viennese waltz from the cast to ‘Cinderella’ was graceful and beautiful bringing a tear to the eye.

But it wasn’t just the ballroom numbers that were performed with precision, the Latin were incredible too - a salsa to Whitney’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ and the rocking out with a pasodoble to Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer’.

And then there was my personal favourite dance of all the styles, the Charleston and the cast nailed it.

But when it comes to his live shows for Brendan it is not just about the dancing - he always includes a Q&A with the audience and this tour is no different.

Inviting questions from the floor he found himself learning a highland dance step courtesy of two local youngsters and there are many people who will be hoping he wears a kilt on the next series of ‘Strictly’.

Those of us sitting upstairs in the circle also got a closer look at the man himself as he popped upstairs to wish Mabel, who has not missed any of his Dunfermline shows, a happy 86th birthday.

With live music from a fantastic band and the vocal talents of Iain Mackenzie and Julie Maguire this was a great evening of entertainment with audience members leaving with a spring in their step.

One thing’s for sure, Brendan Cole you are welcome to return to Fife any time.