The annual EESoc Revue took place in dB?s last Tuesday, amid much hilarity and drunken foolery. The event is held in order for students and staff to show off their talent ? however questionable it may be ? to the 300 or so members of the department who turn out to have a laugh at their expense and this year was held together by comp?res Ovo Gharoro-Akpojotor and Claire Hao.
This year?s show kicked off with the lovely Sunny Bains singing a version of The Police?s ?Every Breath You Take?, aptly altered to reflect the anxiety involved in marking students? coursework. Remember, guys ? ?I?m assessing you?.
In a similar vein, later on in the programme, the superbly irreverent City & Guilds Famous Five performed an arrangement of ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight?, reflecting on all the opportunities for somnolence within the ?Mighty EE?. The act went on, despite rumours that lead ?singer? Shrenik Patel was still threatening to pull out at the eleventh hour.
There were many more ?serious? musical acts showing their talents on the stage throughout the evening, including the usual suspects (Danny Harvey & co.), plus some new faces. Whilst the musical quality of these acts was generally good, technical glitches meant that it was often difficult to pick out individual parts. In light of the nature of the event and the mood of the audience, this reporter feels that more light-hearted musical acts which reflect on the unique nature of the department are more suitable.
Comedy was also a prominent feature of the evening: ranging from the EEE vs. ISE ?University Challenge? sketch, with Ned ?Paxman? Lowe, highlighting some interesting gaps in the knowledge base of the two highly competitive courses to the ?Prof Idol? sketch, where students competed against each other to render the best impersonation of a lecturer. Best of all had to be Laetitia Morras?s impersonation of Tania Stathaki, who witnessed the performance stoically from the judging panel.
No Revue would be complete without dancing, and this one was no exception, with three such acts throughout the programme, notably the technically-demanding ?Funkology? routine.
The evening was wrapped up by ?Down Memory Lane?, a superb video of how lecturers used to look in days gone by (where did they get those photos from?!), with witty captions by Wally Sarwar.
Whilst the Revue was, as always, a great laugh, careful effort needs to be put into choosing the mix of acts with regard to the average student?s concentration span, as some acts were a little long this year, and the continuity was sometimes lost.