Encore Theatre Company's Strictly Ballroom made me, the one with two left feet, want to get up there and dance.
The cast looked like they were having a ball(room), but I know I'd be the Doug Hastings.
Despite a slight hiccup getting into the Princess Theatre, within seconds of the show starting the night's host - J. J Silvers played by Matt Harris - had made me forgetting I nearly missed the whole thing.
His stage presence took the performance to another level.
Sitting next to my mum, also ironically called Shirley, I realised I'd had a pretty good childhood. Shirley Hastings, played by Denise Sam, nailed the pushy dance mum act.
Despite a technical issue, which is to be expected on preview night, the leads - Tarrant Edwards and Charlotte Page - were able to deal with it and trap the audience back in to one of the most dramatic scenes of the night.
People left the show talking about the issue, but not because it ruined the show for them, but how well it was handled.
You know a show is great and full of action when the typical kiss-scene ending is in the middle of the performance, not the end.
Anyway, I just came here to stack the drinks fridge and somehow got roped into giving my opinion - see told you I am Doug.
It would be offensive not to mention the Time After Time, and Love is in the Air scenes, paired with the costumes - HOLY MOLY.
I am constantly surprised at the talent Encore find to blow their performances out of the water.
"A life lived in fear is a life half lived."
The references in this review will make sense if you go and see it, and trust me you won't have regrets.
P.s. If anyone needs a friend to see it with - I'm free that night.