Review/Preview - A Night of Dirty Dancing/Forbidden Nights, Charter Hall

Funnily enough, it didn't take much persuading to convince Colchester Life contributors Teresa and Silvia to have a girly night out at the Dirty Dancing Tribute at Charter Hall recently, and if good-looking muscle men a la Johnny float your boat too, then we have the perfect event coming up!

A Night of Dirty Dancing - The Ultimate Tribute Show took place at Charter Hall on November 18th. We sent along new contributors Teresa and Silvia to give us their verdict. Teresa, a born and bred Colcestrian, and Silvia, who moved here from her native Spain four years ago, have one thing in common (besides a penchant for iconic '80s dance movies, of course) - neither had ever been to Charter Hall before to watch any kind of professional show, so we were interested to hear their thoughts on the venue itself, as well as the show:

"We had expected more of a remake of the film itself, so were at first a little confused by the 'hosts' Max and Lisa. At times the presentation felt a little disjointed, but they were hilarious. Even though in the film they were not the main characters, this show allowed them to show their personalities which were funny, entertaining and very likeable.

"The actress who played Baby was amazing and represented her very well with her mannerisms- looked very much like her too! The actor who played Johnny we weren't as impressed with. Although he was an all-round entertainer, to play such an iconic role we felt like they needed someone pretty special. His accent was very poor too and he sung hardly moving his mouth! He was decent enough though and it didn't particularly spoil it, but we felt he didn't give it the wow factor like Baby, Max and Lisa and even the supporting cast, as they were all great singers and dancers.


"After a fab medley before the interval, there was real engagement with the audience in the second half, especially when they were trying to find Lisa a boyfriend and pulled up a man onto the stage. They kept referring to him throughout the show. Our cheeks hurt from laughing so much! This was cheesy at times but a real feel good show and we would definitely be happy to watch it again.

"Venue wise, Charter Hall has the advantage of easy parking, with pay and display only £1. There was no rugby scrum at the doors and staff were on hand to guide us to our seats. We were sat comfortably towards one corner but we could see very well and, looking around, we're pretty sure all the seats would have a good view. Considering it isn't a theatre as such, it has a good-sized stage and it worked very well for this kind of show. Lots of accessible loos meant there was no queues and the service and prices at the bar were very good too. All in all, an excellent evening's entertainment!"

And if you're gutted you missed out on the opportunity to attend this event with your gaggle of girlfriends, sister, mum or bff, then fret not - On Friday, December 8th the Charter Hall is hosting Forbidden Nights - an innovative full theatre production including a custom stage, rigging and stage shower, creating an exciting array of show-stopping routines. The cast are made up of a male vocalist, aerial artist, pole performer, fire act and The Forbidden dance crew; all performing with an element of strip tease - think Cirque du Soleil meets Magic Mike! The explosive choreographed group routines and spectacular solos from each of The Forbidden acts is fun, sexy and classy and is perfect for a hen do, birthday party or girls' night out. Tickets are available here.