Fantastically Great night at theatre
Fantastically GreatWomen Who Changed The World, at the Norwich Playhouse, is a new ‘kickass’ musical from the same stable as Six, the poptastic historical musical which has taken the theatre world by storm.
It follows the same format - striking songs, minimal set, an on stage rock band and a handful of powerful actresses who portray a selection of awesome women throughout the ages. And it’s based on the popular children’s books by Kate Pankhurst.
We meet 10-year-Jade, played by Fayth Ifil, who is visiting her local museum’s Gallery of Greatness and, a bit like in the hit movie, Night At The Museum, various characters from Emmeline Pankhurst to Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks appear and tell their inspiring stories.
It’s all about girl power, celebrating the wonder of womanhood, and hangs together thanks to some great songs with quirky lyrics from Miranda Cooper who has penned hits for Girls Aloud and Sugababes - listen out for my favourite, Deeds Not Words.
I loved its energy, rock concert feel and the message of being true to yourself and believing in yourself - all great advice for today’s young women who might not have quite the courage to trust their instincts.
The show continues until December 5.