Tuesday 14th April – 14th meeting of 2018
Today we were off to the world of Abba to the Super Trouper exhibition at Southbank Centre. Six of us met at Waterloo and walked to the Southbank Centre or calling it by its old name Royal Festival Hall.
Not a very nice morning weatherwise as it was cold and damp with an overcast sky so we went straight into cafe for a nice hot drink. The tea was £1.80 per cup and ok but all drinks were served in take away cups! We found a seat by the window with a lovely view of the river. Inside the Centre there are plenty of tables and chairs all around and it is a nice place to meet for a chat or a meeting or study. There were lots of people inside and lots of children as it was still the Easter holiday for the school children.
We had booked our tickets cost of £25.00 for 12.15pm but it was all running late so we were advised to sit and wait for 5 or so minutes.
We were joined by about 10 other people and once our guide introduced herself and explained about the exhibition we were on our way!
It started in a very dark room with a glitter disco ball and music playing. Then the intros to Abba songs came on and we were asked to guess what songs were playing. No one managed to guess the first one but after that between us we managed to name them all. Our guide asked if anyone knew what a Super Trouper was and no one had the answer. She enlightened us explaining ‘A super trouper is a type of spotlight used in discos and is the brightest light’.
The exhibition was set in rooms which were significant during their careers, with lots of Abba memorabilia and items of the times. Thorough the exhibition our guide explained how the group got together, how with their surprise win of Eurovision in April 1974 with Waterloo changed their lives. All the records they made, lots of news clippings, clothes they worn, photographs, and much more there for us to see and touch. The studio they built was there with all the equipment that they used and we could experiment by making the base louder, add more guitar or piano. Then when Dancing Queen started to play we were ask to join in the chorus. Of course we all certainly did and it was a real karaoke moment for us all! They was a technical hitch at one point when all the lights went out and our guide came to the rescue with a touch. The exhibition is on a timed sequence and what went wrong nobody seemed to know but it sorted itself out and we carried on. There was about six different rooms telling their story and the guide was very informative and told us some lovely stories of the group. I was surprised when she said that over the ten years they were recording they only toured for three months. They used the music video to get their music around the world. They have never officially stated that they have broken up but just stopped recording together.
The last room was the inside of a plane which we all sat in and it took off and through the windows were films of Abba and also lots of clips of tribute acts. This was accompanied with the lovely recording of Abba singing ‘Thank you for the music’ which is my favourite of all the Abba songs!
The tour lasted just over an hour and was very enjoyable. We heard lots of facts about Abba and it was all laid out well and with the guide made it very interesting.
We went back to Waterloo for our trains home.