Reviewed by Louise Styles
I always enjoy a theatre trip to the Wycombe Swan. Not only are the staff friendly, the venue clean and the parking so easy but the theatre itself is not so massive that you feel disconnected from the stage and not so small it’s too close – it is just the perfect venue no matter where you sit in one of its 1,076 seats.
Last night I had the pleasure of watching the Flashdance – The Musical. It was an evening that left you belting out some classic 80s tracks and reaching for your legwarmers. Based on the 1983 film, Flashdance, this was a story I only knew the vague outlines too. The story revolves around Alex Owens, played by Verity Jones, who works as both a welder in a steel factory and dancer in a club at night. We follow her decide to pursue her dream of becoming a ballet dancer at a well-regarded dance school whilst starting a relationship and looking out for her friends.
The voices of all cast were absolutely stellar, particularly Jones who managed to sing with a powerful soulful voice whilst energetically dancing and not sounding out of breath at all! I was surprised to find some well-known songs from the original soundtrack having never seen the film or musical before. 80s classics such as I Love Rock and Roll, Maniac and the obvious, What a Feeling. Combining these songs with the iconic 80s fashion was a real blast from the past. There were some amazing costumes from shoulder padded all in ones to neon printed lycra cut out dresses and a few shellsuit/tracksuit combo’s thrown in between.
I really enjoyed the show and its cast of 17 kept their energy levels up throughout every high impact dance routine, their time keeping with each other should also be applauded. A must see for any dance fan!
Tickets cost from £25 to £55 (booking fees may apply).
Flashdance – The Musical is at the Wycombe Swan from 22-27 January 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk or call the box office on 01494 512 000.
Wycombe Swan, St. Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE | 01494 512 000