April 19, 2018
We love a good Sternberg Clarke showcase. Only last month we had a fantastic evening at the Ivy and now we are back again with a whole host of entertainment acts on display at the wonderful Phyllis Court in Henley. The weather was truly kind to us as it was the hottest day of the year so far and we think the mood of everybody was lifted by the sunshine. Marvellous! Top event photographer Pennie Withers was on hand to capture the occasion and she's very kindly set over these photos, which we think truly illustrate the fabulous nature of the event.
Guests were first welcome in to an informal networking session. Upon arrival, they were able to grab a canapé and a drink and be entertained by the hugely popular Wandering Hands, whom we blogged about yesterday. Initially they performed on a stage but were soon moving amongst the room as more and more guests began to arrive.
Also on hand at this early part of the evening were the Acrochaps, dressed out in historic Venetian attire. Always game for a laugh, they showed off just a few of their strong man tricks for the delighted crowd and were even able to help escort a number of attendees to the next part of the showcase. As these photos show, everybody was having a great time and the invited were only to happy to be led by everybody's favourite acoustic trio!
After a short speech where a few prizes were given out(!), guests were duitfully informed that the show was due to begin! Taking their seat at a table of their choice, they were soon to experience an evening of entertainmen that they would certainly not be able to forget in a hurry. Compére for the event was the always excellent comedian Paul Eastwood and the first act he introduced to the stage was the superb magician duo of High Jinx.
After some stunning stage illusions and feats, it was time for Valerie and her Sphere Contortion. Always a mesmerising sight, we think that she is the perfect choice for any event! Ember were also in attendance and were their splendid best. Performing a medley of tunes during their set, we thought that you might also like to know that you can hear them on Spotify! Here's the link.
Acrochaps then returned to the stage in their usual circus attire! We honestly can't believe their ability when we see it live and although the photo does the strength portion of the act justice, you really have to be there to appreciate the dedication this trio put in. Some of the jokes are absolutely hilarious, while the moustaches should inspire men everywhere!
Bounder & Cad were next to the stage and had the audience in fits of laughter with their updated versions of classic songs before Emily then stepped up to show them how it would be done in a more traditional manner. A hugely talented soprano, her appearance and voice were a delight to behold. Whether you are after comedy or opera, Bounder & Cad and Emily certainly have you covered.
The finale to the evening was provided by Frobacks, who are somewhat new to the Sternberg Clarke stable. We debuted them at another of our showcases last year and their dance act has gone from strength to strength. With an infusion of street dance and comedy, the audience appeared to be very impressed by their performance!
It was an absolutely gorgeous showcase at Phyllis Court in Henley and our thanks must go to the venue itself, which also provided catering, as well as Exclusively Thames Valley, Henley Theatre Services for their production and Pennie Withers of Photos by Pennie. As you can see from the pictures, she comes highly recommended!
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By Henry Fosdike