John Partridge: Stripped is a dramatic, music-filled show which takes you on an emotional rollercoaster.
In the perfect setting with candles on the tables and sparkling stars as a backdrop, John Partridge commanded the stage, laid bare his personal journey and gave it everything.
The audience were toe tapping and hand clapping along to fantastic renditions of popular songs including; Somebody that I used to know, Every little thing she does is magic, Chandelier, and I am what I am. The singing was fantastic from Partridge and Emma Lindars. Both performers were completely in the moment, delivering with power and emotion. He dedicated songs to his mother, father and supporters.
The show included a lot of transitions between music, storytelling, poetry and film. At one point they played a word association game which led beautifully to him exploring his relationship with his parents. The poetry was sweet and ranged from romantic to comedic.
The backdrop included a screen which showed stark words representing the shifts in his journey, such as: WISER. FASTER. HIGHER. HAPPIER. The screen was also used for pictures, memories and moments including a snippet of Cats, a photo montage of being in love, and a lego movie. It showed progression through life from a boy to an adult and the future self. The face from his poster was a climactic point as it grew and multiplied on the screen in a futuristic manner.
It was a lot to get across in an hour and many interesting topics were only touched upon. It is hard to strike the right balance when sharing a personal story and also entertaining and having fun.
He clearly loves performing and it’s infectious to enjoy watching it. I adored the tap dancing moment! For the sheer amount of emotion he put into the performance the standing ovation was deserved.