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Review | The Band | Salford’s The Lowry

Review | The Band | Salford’s The Lowry

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I could not wait for this incredible show to return to Manchester after they kicked off the tour at the Opera House, September 2017.

Showcasing the music of the hit boy band Take That, The Band is a celebration of friendship, love and life – all mixed in with some Northern wit!

When a teenage friendship group of girls is torn apart by heartbreak, the girls lose touch as they grow up. Fast forward 25 years, and they have reunited once again for the reunion concert of their favourite boy band. But a lot has changed in those years apart, will the girls find that connection once again?

Tim Firth’s writing never fails to impress me, capturing the Northern humour marvellously!

After winning the TV talent show, Let It Shine, the boys from Take Five rocked the stage, performing countless Take That hits including ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘The Flood’ and ‘Pray’. The boys were entirely in sync, and the harmonies were spot on. I have to say I could not fault the group, and their dancing and never-ending energy got the audience on their feet and dancing to ‘Never Forget’.

The audience sees the girls when they are 16 and then 25 years later, and the staging cleverly transfers the audience through time with the cast change.

The relationships and friendships between the girls are apparent throughout, as they laugh and get giddy over the boy band.

The younger girls rock ‘Relight My Fire’ with Rachelle Diedericks taking the lead with some incredible vocals!

The stand out performance in the show has to be Alison Fitzjohn, who plays older Claire. The once avid diver is now living life on the larger side and doesn’t let anyone knock her down about it.

The whole show is a laugh out loud party where you know all the songs, and you are allowed to sing along! The band makes you feel like you’re at your own private concert and gets your dancing along and waving the torch on your phone along to ‘Rule the World’.

I cannot say a bad word about this production, because it was slick, fast and fun!

If you love Take That, or even if you just love musical theatre, you need to see this production!

Catch it at the Lowry Theatre until Saturday, January 26 and tickets can be bought here.

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