Michael Griffiths in Sweet Dreams: Songs of Annie Lennox
The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Park, Adelaide Fringe 2014
February 14 to March 16
Review by Honey B
Shut your eyes and listen. Listen to the beautiful and intricate melodies, the achingly strong lyrics and step into the life of Annie Lennox as told by Michael Griffiths.Griffiths is but one man at a keyboard with a story to tell.The seasoned artist takes your breath away as he brings such sophistication and soul to his interpretations of Lennox's music.Griffiths connected Lennox's life through her lyrics and monologues as he broke down the often harsh exterior of the Eurythmics frontwoman.Not knowing much about Lennox's life, it was an insightful and moving journey as Griffiths laid her soul bare through her own music.From the opening song Missionary Man, about her first failed marriage, through to the Scots-woman's belief in spiritual guides, There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart), it was a mesmerising journey.A highlight was Griffiths' interpretation of When Tomorrow Comes which was played to the tune of Silent Night in a beautiful nod to Lennox's Christmas birthday.There was also a wonderful thread of humour as Griffiths inserted classic quotes from Lennox's father such as "sleep with cats and you will end up with scratches''. It wasn't clear if these quotes were from research or not, but they very much fit with the spirit of the show.The engaging performer also didn't need to stay in character throughout the show and he easily slipped in and out of Lennox's world to chat about the wet Adelaide weather and other things.Our opening night audience also impressed with superb singing abilities while interacting with Griffiths for the song Thorn In My Side.This was an intimate, insightful and fun evening full of wonderful music and some great laughs. Run, run, run and get tickets to this sweetly seductive show.