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For many, getting older is inevitable – for Michael Griffiths, it’s apparently voluntary.

Despite having recently celebrated his 40th birthday, Griffiths has no intention of growing up anytime soon and his inner child was in fine form as he took to the stage for his entertaining feast show Adolescent.

Over the course of an hour Griffiths delighted the audience with hilarious stories from his time in musical theatre; as well as comical musings about life, love and his seemingly unending childhood.

Each hilarious anecdote was followed (and often interrupted) by a medley of songs from musicals such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Jersey Boys; as well as a collection of ’80s pop hits.

A seasoned crooner, Griffiths has a powerful voice which draws you in and engulfs you and this, combined with his seemingly effortless keyboard skills were an absolute joy to witness.

Whether you remember the ’80s or (like me) were born after most of the hype had subsided, there was something for everyone to enjoy. For me, the highlight of the show was a beautiful rendition of Charlene’s I’ve Never Been to Me.

With a cheeky smile and mischievous twinkling eyes, Griffiths is a natural performer and his ability to connect with the audience led to some truly hilarious moments (including an impromptu sing along and minor tantrum).

Like any child, Griffiths was, at times, easily distracted and this led to a series of hilarious, albeit sporadic song changes and half told stories; but his natural ability to adapt and laugh at his own mistakes allowed him to take these moments in his stride and maintain the show’s momentum.

Part biography, part cabaret, Adolescent was a fun-filled journey into the childlike mind of a talented musician and true entertainer.

Michael Griffiths’ Adolescent was presented for two performances only on November 22 and 23 as part of the Feast Festival, which continues until November 30.

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