Today we had a lovely family afternoon in Cardiff where we were lucky enough to catch Kinetic Youth’s performance of Beauty and the Beast. We’ve recently seen another performance of this fantastic story, so we were excited to keep this magical tale alive!
It was lovely to follow Belle on her adventure to find true happiness and there were some musical treats for sure during this performance. Belle was performed by Lydia Wheeler, who has recently joined Kinetic Youth, and she wowed the audience with her angelic performance and incredibly sweet voice. Beside Belle was the terrifying and sweet Beast, performed by Llewys Brewer who had a lot of confidence upon the stage.
The performance included a lot of musical pieces, from the ones we all know and love from the Disney version to some new (and very lovely) ones from the original Broadway show. In particular I adored A Change in Me by Belle towards the end of the show; it makes total sense to have this song in the show because it explains Belle’s sudden u-turn when it comes to her life and lifestyle choices at the end of the story.
I have to say, I was quite surprised that my favourite performance from the show (and it’s not my favourite in the movie) was definitely Be Our Guest. Laura Dawkes performs beautifully as Lumiere, with a well rehearsed French accent and an outstanding singing voice, she really shone on the stage. This scene also had some pretty fab choreography (thanks to Artistic Director/ Producer Kris Crowley) as well as awesome singing from the chorus. It was a magnificent moment within the show and I actually had goosebumps as Laura Dawkes performed with such confidence; Warren and I both agree she is going to go far in the world of theatre for sure!
Gaston (Ieuan Davies) and Lefou (Ben Page) offered several comic moments within the performance and I thought Gaston’s character was portrayed with such passion and talent. Davies has such a powerful voice and he was such a joy to watch upon the stage. Page was a solid sidekick with plenty of cheek and stage presence alongside Davies.
The show is full of lovely moments between the various cast members, with harmonies and character interactions to keep you entertained throughout. I think it may have been a little long for our two, but it was so lovely to hear so many songs that aren’t included in the films.
We had a lovely afternoon and if you fancy catching this show then tomorrow’s your last chance. There are two performances tomorrow, one at 2pm and one at 7pm and tickets start from £10.00.
Disclosure: We received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.