Review: Tash York – These Things Take Wine

I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day. – Frank Sinatra.

There are some nights we’ll never forget. And then there are some that get…a little fuzzy around the edges, and you wake up with a splitting headache, nuggets in your bra, fully clothed and affectionately spooning that last bottle of Moscato you bought from the Exford at 3am. How did I get home? Did I get arrested? And shit, I have to get to work in an hour.

Cabaret sensation Tash York is back with her signature show, These Things Take Wine, a love letter to the cause of, and solution to, life’s greatest problems. An hour of songs given her own particular twist – highlights include Amy Winehouse’s ‘Valerie’, and, my personal favourite, Elaine Stritch’s ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ – that display her impressive and enviable vocal range.

Frequently hilarious, but also deeply personal; York recounts the anxieties of moving away from home to an entirely different city where she knew no-one and being set up on “friend dates”, how heartbreak can ruin a particular song, and her worries at meeting the father she felt had abandoned her for the first time in many years.

This is not a show about alcoholism – although on occasion we’re all prone to a little excess – but to how sometimes, in both the good times and the bad, these things really do take wine.


Tash York’s These Things Take Wine is on until 23 April – you can get tickets on the MICF website and at the door.

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Nick Jones

Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe. Writer/Observer.

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