Show Makes You Want To Shout

Amelia Lily in Shout

The swinging 60s heads to Blackpool in Shout the Mod Musical. With hits such as ‘Downtown’, ‘You’re My World’ and the title track ‘Shout’ this jukebox musical is bound to get you out of your seat and grooving to a whole new beat. The musical follows five girls in the 60s era and their journey into liberation through their letters to a magazine advice columnist.

This show is psychedelic in not only bringing you a live band for you to bust out your very best Frug, but with its fantastic kaleidoscopic set and lighting you really feel like you have been transported in time to a 60s dive bar.

With a full celebrity cast I did have my reservations, however after seeing the show I can say that the casting for this particular production was perfect. Suzanne Shaw shone in her portrayal of the Red Girl, her cute innocence and naivety brought the audience into fits of laughter. The Green Girl portrayed by Liz McClarnon was one of the highlights of the show with her quick one liners and her accounts of being a bit of a… ahem ‘affectionate girl’.

Amelia Lily also didn’t disappoint, really bringing the emotional aspect out with her character, the Yellow Girl, and her journey through being an American girl in England with an obsession with Paul McCartney learning to survive abuse. Niki Evans plays the Orange Girl, the mother of the group. To say this woman has wicked vocal power is an understatement, her voice filled the room with perfect control and emotion that depicted the character perfectly in her journey to independence. The Blue Girl, a driven fashion model who finds herself exploring a lot more than just a magazine column is portrayed by Helena Blackman, who brings the poise and beauty to her character.

Occasionally jokes fell flat and dancing at times felt wooden. However I do fully recommend this musical to everybody who wants to be doing the mashed potato in the aisles. The show is witty and filled with a lot of emotional twists and turns, and who doesn’t love a show with good music, after all ‘Those Were The Days’.

Shout runs at Blackpool Winter Gardens until Thursday 3 November. For more information or to book tickets visit wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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