Polyester Fiesta

Lorraine Bowen’s celebration of 70 years of polyester, with its countless priceless exhibits of ‘fashion’ items, is a show well worth seeing. Lorraine’s unmistakable songs and quips are complemented in this show with additional support from the Hurstpierpointer Sisters and the fabulous Alistair whose unspeakable belly should not really be exposed.

Last night’s show was on the Battersea Barge, another curiousity, situated on the Thames Path in the shadows of the old Battersea Power Station. No real passing trade, but a gem of a venue for an intimate night out.

Lorraine is ‘touring’ with the show in Sussex. On 24 June the show goes to Hurstpierpoint itself. Her new album is also worth a listen. Her eulogy of Bexhill on Sea contrasts very much with her oh-so familiar experience in the queue at the Post Office. Both are comforting and reassuring in different ways. There is a darkness in her song made up exclusively from railway station announcements. We’ve all been there, too.

Details from Lorraine’s website: http://www.lorrainebowen.co.uk/Lorraine_Bowen/Home.html

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