“I beamed, I cried, and I laughed” Review of The Band

Any girl will remember growing up idolising their favourite boy band, and as a 90’s kid I was definitely up there with the fangirls for the likes of the most successful boyband of all time, Take That.

Award winning writer Tim Firth has created a story that goes through all the want and need to see and meet your favourite icons, featuring the Take That classics including Back for Good, Rule the World, Shine and Never Forget to name but a few.

The band performing the hits, Five to Five, were the winners of the BBC show Let it Shine which was a competition for find the perfect members of the band for this show.

Unfortunately, one of the boys was unable to perform so Harry Brown joined AJ, Curtis, Sario and Nick. The boys all did a great job and are very talented singers and dancers.

The story follows a group of teenage girls, that reunite 25 years later and make it their mission to finally fulfil their desires to see their favourite band. It was great that they were able to highlight how life can end up so differently to how you had planned it as a 16 year old. Proving that at the end of the day, a strong friendship really can pull through anything.

I knew this show was going to make me feel nostalgic and bring back all the feelings of an excitable teenager, and it did not disappoint. I beamed, I cried, and I laughed, as well as felt every word from the songs, just as I did back in the day.

The young girls were completely relatable and I could definitely pin point which one of those girls was me when I was that age. All performed brilliantly.

Big shout out to Andy Williams who played ‘Every Dave’, popping up in so many scenes with small but absolutely hilarious moments.

The final scene had everyone in the theatre up dancing and singing, no matter who they were, it was simply impossible to resist.

If you are lucky enough to get tickets to this popular show, do! It’ll leave you grinning from ear to ear singing a long to all the old but never forgotten songs you know and love.

The show is at Norwich Theatre Royal until Saturday 17th February – get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2nHYo0E

Amie Croxton
Just Regional

LtoR AJ Bentley, Curtis T Johns, Sario Solomon, Yazdan Qafouri and Nick Carsberg in The Band. PICTURE: Matt Crockett

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