REVIEW – Britain’s Got Bhangra @ Hackney Empire

Last week I was invited to review Britain’s Got Bhangra at Hackney Empire. I had never been to Hackney Empire before and was surprised to find such a pretty theatre in such a random place.

The show is billed as follows – “Twinkle arrives fresh from the fields of the Punjab with a song in his heart and no money in his pocket. Can his talent shine through or will the remixed bling of the 90’s DJ’s ruin his dreams? Bring the family and move to the rhythm and Bhangra. Shake your shoulders, twist that lightbulb; this is the story of how Britain got Bhangra. A new musical guaranteed to lift you from the dhol drums!”

The show was a colourful whirl of music and singing and has a fabulous cast who are all exceptionally talented. I was consistently amazed by the vocal and acting talent of those in the cast. I felt the book of the show could use a little tweaking, and the second half was definitely a lot stronger than the first, which lacked pace. The score was delightfully bright and different to the usual offerings of British musical theatre, and mixed with the cast’s vocals was a joy to listen to.

I definitely felt the show could use a tiny bit of reworking in order to make the first act as smooth and enjoyable as the second, but aside from that I felt that this show was an entertaining night of musical theatre.

Britain’s Got Bhangra is currently touring the UK. For more information on the show or to book tickets http://rifcoarts.com/2011/07/06/britains-got-bhangra/

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