Wandering into the quirky surrounds of The Butterfly Club, one can’t help but feel excited for whatever show is on, and Lisa Woodbrook’s fabulous show It’s Not Me, It’s Definitely You fits the space beautifully.
In tackling the omnipresent subject of app dating, any performer risks treading overly familiar ground and trawling up well-worn material – but not Woodbrook.
As she explored her ever-evolving dating world, from a “relaxing” night of swiping left, to ghosting, a sea of Italian relatives and lamenting that in the future, commitment will only be found in museums, her audience lapped up everything she threw down in this thoroughly entertaining cabaret.
Woodbrook is a sensational vocalist who expertly spoke through her songs, and a gifted comedienne with a knack for landing blunt, self-deprecating jokes that had the audience in hysterics and sitting right in the palm of her hand.
Her pianist introduced simply as “Josh,” backed her up with talent that never outshone or upstaged yet was conspicuously skilful and impressive. Their banter throughout was in all the right places and added just the right balance.
Although it was a simple setting, with the piano on stage and a single chair, it worked very well with the whole look and feel of the show. Lighting and sound were used to great effect and the casual outfit that Woodbrook wore, only added the overall, wonderfully unassuming feel of the whole night.
Set to the soundtrack of Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, you’ll find favourites such as “Smile,” “Not Fair” and “Tears Dry On Their Own,” but the emotionally charged highlights were indisputably “Back to Black” and “Love is a Losing Game” where Woodbrook showed her most vulnerable side through poignant, heartfelt renditions.
Woodbrook infuses all the songs with the exact right amount of tribute to the original artists and giving us her own unique spin and style to the songs. It was fabulous to witness someone using their own style and not doing the “expected” interpretations.
In a sea of ever-evolving shows regarding dating, Woodbrook manages to break new ground and reinvigorate the topic with a funny, fabulous farce with all the feels.