I have a never-ending list of interests and hobbies, with some appearing and soon evaporating.. as well as others hanging around for quite some time. An example of the latter is attending the theatre and particularly to watch murder mystery plays and musicals; for years now I've been enjoying regular trips to theatres to admire great talent along with soaking up some of the flamboyant and creative atmosphere. With this in mind, I was thrilled to be invited to see Beyond Bollywood at the London Palladium and share my thoughts on A Glass Of Ice!
The immediate appeal of viewing Beyond Bollywood was the venue, Grade II West End theatre, London Palladium. It is undoubtedly one of my favourite venues due to it's extravagant interior; the overwhelming plush colour combination of red and gold provides a real sense of occasion! Another thing worth mentioning about the London Palladium is the seamless proceedings of the front of house staff, there's something very special about their smart attires and faultlessly helpful attitudes.
Oversized t-shirt - Zara
Jeans - Topshop Tall MOTO Leigh Jeans
Shoes - Office Garland Sandals
So, outfit on, tickets collected and seats located (perfect view from the Royal Circle).. curtains open to reveal the first half of Beyond Bollywood. The musical talent of the cast was immediately recognisable through a group performance at the beginning. It most likely went on a little too long, however it provided the perfect opportunity to separate your mind from wherever you had been beforehand and immerse yourself in the music.
The musical itself follows the journey of Shaily, a young girl determined to fulfil her mother's dying wish to revive her family's failing theatre. This ambition sees the audience journey from Munich to India, experiencing 'the heat of Indian folk dance' along the way. Speaking of experiences, I would suggest the second half was significantly better than the first; everything became much more vibrant and entertaining. A delicious tub of chocolate ice cream later and I returned to a much more impressive musical - the music was heavier and louder, costumes were more extravagant and plot a little more visible.
|As people were just beginning to arrive..|
If you choose to view Beyond Bollywood at the London Palladium, keep a look out for some stand-out performances including a fantastic solo by female dhol player Rav Panesar and a rather hilarious sketch including muscular men dancing in sequinned hot pants to 'It's Raining Men'!
|One of my more 'dazed' looks... does anyone else find it hard to snap back to reality after a show?|
All in all, I enjoyed a fantastic evening at London Palladium. What Beyond Bollywood* may have lacked in narrative framework, it definitely made up for with colour, energy and providing very good reason to tap my foot for two hours and fifteen minutes. If you're seeking a night of light-hearted fun with a friend or two, I would recommend booking tickets for the musical while you still can and before it's too late as the last performance takes place on 27th June!
|Some of the tracks from the musical have even made it onto my running playlist!|
Note: I was invited as a guest to see this performance, however all opinions are my own.