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Ten acts at first Big Show Off Show at Universal Hall, Findhorn are a hit with live and internet audience


By Garry McCartney

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Some of the performers at the first Big Show Off Show. Mark Richards - Aurora Imaging
Some of the performers at the first Big Show Off Show. Mark Richards - Aurora Imaging

MORE than 150 people enjoyed a local talent showcase at a theatre in Findhorn.

The Universal Hall promotions team launched its first 'Big Show Off Show' on Saturday, September 11, featuring 10 varied acts backed by a professional technical crew of mentors.

Hall spokesman Dave Till confirmed each performer was given a great reception.

He said: "The show exceeded expectation and the standard of performance was excellent. We live streamed it to a much bigger audience watching at home too.

"Our region is full of talented performers and it was great to give some of them a chance to create a professional show subsidised with a grant from Creative Scotland."

Carolin Waldmann performed an original song via violin and vocal loop. Picture by Mark Richards - Aurora Imaging.
Carolin Waldmann performed an original song via violin and vocal loop. Picture by Mark Richards - Aurora Imaging.

The organisers started to recruit talent from around Moray in February, offering performers the chance to go on stage to show what they can do, backed by a technical crew and the hall's facilities.

Each performer was allocated a professional mentor to work with to help polish their act.

The chosen ten artists offered singing, comedy, classical cello, original guitar pieces, an audio-visual slide show and DJ-ing.

Sam Stephen played his original song 'Lifetime'. Picture by Mark Richards - Aurora Imaging.
Sam Stephen played his original song 'Lifetime'. Picture by Mark Richards - Aurora Imaging.

The performers ranged in age from 17 to 40 (ish) and included: Oliver Clark's cello improvisation; Julia Dethelma Lay's comedy sketch 'Malice'; Robyn Lean's song written by Lila Senior 'Ode to the Muse' (with backing vocals from Heather Hatch); Max Dunway's audiovisual 'Feathers Grey'; Robert Mackenzie's original guitar piece 'Nymphs'; Moira Bergmann's three original poems 'Echoes of Erraid', 'Transient' and 'Teaspoon Affair'; Carolin Waldmann's original violin and vocal looping composition 'Home to Me in South' Part 1; Casper Hawkins' comedy sketch with audiovisuals '2021'; Sam Stephen's original song 'Lifetime'; and Duncan McBean's original electronic DJ set with audiovisuals.

Duncan McBean enjoyed his DJ set backed by Tim Flood's visuals. Picture by Mark Richards - Aurora Imaging.
Duncan McBean enjoyed his DJ set backed by Tim Flood's visuals. Picture by Mark Richards - Aurora Imaging.

Duncan, AKA Acutek, said: "It was great to see such a variety of acts and everyone up dancing at the end while I was on.

"The help was great. Film-maker Tim Flood was my mentor and he helped a lot with the visual aspect of my performance.

"I would recommend performers get involved next year regardless of what stage they are at. Universal Hall is a great venue with a solid team behind it who are there to help."

The idea for the event was born out of lockdown.

Dave added: "It is certainly something we would do again so we will be on the search for local talent again soon. Check our website universalhall.co.uk for details in early 2022."

Watch footage from the inaugral event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldU2K-QEqC8



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