Like many Take That fans we were hooked by last years TV show Let it Shine, which saw band Five to Five crowned champions, for the chance to star in The Band.
The Band is a musical is written by The Girls’ writer Tim Firth. It tells the story of five 16-year-old girls who are fans of a boy band and is based on the experiences of Take That and features their music, but the actual story follows the girls and is a genuinely-beautiful tale of love and loss, growing up and grief.
It is a big birthday for my Mum this year and when she expressed an interest in seeing it I bought tickets for the Mayflower Theatre Southampton for us.
As soon as we arrived at the theatre we were whisked back to 1993, with an old style TV dominating the stage with CEEFAX news from the year flicking past, with the charts and some quite topical and amusing news from 25 years ago.
The show is set between two arena concerts 25 years apart, and is the story of five teenage girls, how four of them grow older, and how pop music defines our lives whether we like it or not.
The story featured lots of our favourite Take That hits from the very beginning right up to the current day, complete with amusing references back to their dance moves and 90’s technology. The Take That-esque boyband cleverly weave in and out of the show’s story and, at times, literally burst out of the scenery.
The storyline was more of an emotional rollercoaster than I thought it would be, but thankfully there are far more ups than downs, thanks to some brilliant anecdotes, one liners and of course, the music.
The Band really feels like a thank you letter to fans. “We were girls of 16,” one character reminisces in act two. “We were fantastic. And we still are.”
If you go and see The Band, be prepared to laugh, cry, sing and dance along. The use of your light on your mobile phone is positively encouraged near the end too!!
I am only gutted we weren’t there on the day when Take That appeared on stage at the Curtain Call.
Have you seen The Band?