The Band, our review

Written by MiriamSpall on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 19:32

Yesterday, we were invited to the press night of the “The Band” a new musical by Tim Firth and inspired by the music of Take That at the Ipswich Regent Theatre.  This is our review.

If you are considering coming along, be prepared to get emotional, relive childhood memories and join in with popular songs like “Relight my Fire” and “Greatest Day” among other Take That hits.

The Story

The story is not about the band itself, but about four teenage girls from Manchester, back in the year 1992. The boyband play a secondary role, singing beautifully in the background but in context with the story.  As some of you may know the boys in the show, won their roles in a national tv talent show “ Let it Shine” back in 2017 making the show instantly popular with sell out shows and rave reviews throughout the country. The boys (Aj, Curtis, Yazdan, Nick & Sario) deliver an impressive performance and in doing so rightly justify our heroines teenage infatuation!

The girls lives revolve around the band, their close friendships and their future dreams.

Ring a bell anyone? I think most of us can relate to that,  and if you are a Take That fan you will love every minute of it.  An unexpected turn of events causes them to go their separate ways until they are reunited 25 years later at the chance to meet their favourite boy band.

I like the fact that there is a solid storyline, the audience can relate to at least one of the characters as their personalities are so wonderfully diverse. It looks back at younger years with nostalgia, but also reminds us of that younger version of us who looked at a future full of dreams and great expectations.  I think it pushes all the right buttons, one minute you are laughing hysterically and the other you are reflecting about your own life and journey. It makes for the perfect day out with the girls, come and see the show while you can, you wont be dissapointed,

“This is why people say music is magical it makes time travellers of us all” Tim Firth

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The Band is approximately 2 hours 5 minutes long including a 20 minute interval.

Tuesday-Thursday: Prices from £15
Friday & Saturday: Prices from £18.50

Suitable for ages 12+


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