Theatre & Film

Gusto, Glitter Balls and Girl Power: Sister Act at Wales Millennium Centre!

Oh my, how I love Sister Act the movie! I mean, who doesn’t?! I couldn’t wait to visit Wales Millennium Centre again, it’s just one of those magical venues with so much beauty, space and light.

The story follows Deloris Van Cartier (Alexandra Burke) as she is taken into police protection after witnessing her  gangster ‘boyfriend’ murder one of his gang. She is taken to a nunnery to keep her safe until the court case, but she is a force to be reckoned with and after transforming the choir and bringing a bundle of joy and diversity to the sedated world of the nuns, she is discovered by the gang.

In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this stage production. The set was soaked in 70’s soul and disco, from the lighting to the costumes and glitter balls galore, I was in 70’s heaven. It reminded me of Saturday nights out at Flares (without the sticky floors)… I loved it!

From the off I felt the groove from the beat of each musical number, even as the choir sang traditional hymns I still felt the heart and soul of their voices and numerous musical instruments. Warren adored the harmonies between the women, they were heartfelt and pretty magical. As for the more up-beat numbers, even though they weren’t the songs from the film, they were amazing high energy and catchy, and I spotted audience members moving and grooving in their seats as the music and story unfolded on stage.

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Photo credit: Tristram Kenton

Director Craig Revel Horwood has created a black-and-white visual dream with the use of costume; as the nuns danced around the stage, each one of them with their own personality, I felt a sense of uniformity in terms of ‘girl power’ and strength between these women.

I loved the choreography, in particular the hints to Night Fever and the several dance sequences with Curtis’s (Aaron Lee Lambert) henchmen were fabulous, varying from camp and glitter-fuelled (my favourite kind) to comic sleaze. They were extremely entertaining! Lambert was hilarious, super confident and a little bit charismatic for a man on the verge of murdering his ex-girlfriend!

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Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton

When it comes to Deloris, I had no idea what to expect. I adored Alexandra Burke when I first saw her on The X Factor, but I had no idea whether she could act. Well, it’s safe to say she excelled at her own version of Deloris.

From the moment she hit the stage I knew I was going to be entertained. Her accent was spot on, her attitude even more so, and as for her voice; words cannot describe how beautiful it was. Alexandra Burke is one multi-talented woman! I adored her sass, her groove and, as I’ve already said, her voice. It was so husky and beautiful, her range was outstanding and she gave me goosebumps…

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Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton

Warren and I both agree that the show stood alone and we didn’t feel it could be compared to the film. Even though glitter balls, girl power and gusto are at the forefront of the production, there’s also my favourite kind of story unfolding alongside all the drama of gangsters and guns. A love story.

This is where Eddie, performed by Joe Vetch, comes in. He was quite a surprising touch to the story, with his love for Deloris quite obvious from the start. The police officer in charge of keeping Deloris safe, he reminisces about his crush and sings some wonderful songs with such style and control. His voice was fantastic and his character was extremely well portrayed; I was rooting from him from start to finish!

Overall this production is fast paced at times, calm and soothing at others. It offers an array of outstanding talent, comedy in abundance, clever choreography and enough energy to raise the roof.

Sister Act is running until 29th April and tickets start from £17.50.

 

Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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