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Girl Power – Thespie | Review

A brief review of a brief performance. This concert from a group of ladies who have runs in Six The Musical in common launches instead straight into ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’, a song from 1941 – the performance was even shot in black and white to give it a vintage feel (Gone With The Wind was released in 1939, and there were many colour films before that, but never mind). After the introductions, the remaining eight songs (not bad for a running time of under forty minutes) were largely drawn from chart music over the past half-century or so.

Girl Power - ThespieI would love it if every person who has ever devised a show that time-hops backwards and forwards, sideways, diagonally and inside out between various decades saw this concert. It starts with the oldest tune, and works its way systematically, in forward chronological order, before finishing with a relatively recent song (Little Mix’s ‘Power’, if you must know). It’s logical, it’s easy to follow, and it works, gloriously.

There’s a decent range of songs in this collection, and the harmonies this group produce are quite extraordinary. The music is interspersed with conversations, on various topics such as who inspires the ladies, how they stay ‘body positive’ and what their advice for people struggling with their sexuality would be. The target audience, therefore, seems to be teenagers and young adults, grappling with the sort of matters being talked about. They do well to enthuse the next generation, and (mercifully) without mentioning the events of 2020 give reassurance to aspiring performers that life is very much for living.

The choreography is a pleasure to witness, and the choices of songs very much appeared to be that of the actors themselves – either that, or they are being very handsomely remunerated for saying they love each and every one of the songs as they are introduced. It was evident they were enjoying themselves performing for their fanbase. Short and sweet, they ought to do it all over again sometime.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

The seven powerhouses from The Reunion return for a brand new empowering concert of songs by famous girl bands through the decades: Girl Power. Expect the tight harmonies and true sisterhood vibes that these artists have come to be known for since they first met as the original West End queens of the musical SIX.

Girl Power stars Aimie Atkinson, Alexia McIntosh, Grace Mouat, Millie O’Connell, Natalie Paris, Maiya Quansah-Breed and Jarneia Richard-Noel.



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