On Tuesday night I was kindly invited to see the stage performance of Fame at the Bournemouth Pavilion, for it’s 30th anniversary tour.
Now I’m going to be honest here… I’ve never seen Fame before, I know… shocker! Luckily I was able to take a plus one, and Steph is mad about Fame, she did a performance of Fame in school and knows all the songs.
The show is based on the 1980’s film, which was an international smash-hit. Fame follows the lives of aspiring students at a New York High School For The Performing Arts or PA for short, studying in the arts for dance, music and acting. They are typical students, who exceed and struggle in school, there’s romance and heartbreak, laughter and tears, something the whole audience can relate to.
Even though the original film is now 30 years old, it is still very relevant, probably now more than ever. The show throws in some hard hitting topics, which are both shocking and uplifting, such as prejudice, identity, literacy, sexuality and substance abuse.
It was actually quite refreshing going in with no expectations, as it’s easy to compare Theater performances to the original film. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. The show was a spectacle, full of life and colour. I was completely memorized by the dancers. There was something about the way they move across the stage, merging ballet with street so effortlessly.
Half way through the show there is a tap dance sequence which was incredible to watch, you couldn’t help but tap your feet along with them.
The cast was killer, the young, talented ex Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter who played Iris, was so graceful in the way she moves. I was aware she could dance, but I wasn’t expecting her to be that good, you’d think she’s been studying ballet her whole life.
The character of Nick, played by ‘Any dream will do’ runner up Keith Jack had such stage presence, his voice is almost operatic and the legendary Miss Sherman played by the incredibly talented Mica Paris. I adore soul singers with such powerful voices, she left me with goosebumps, you could really hear those gospel roots in the way she sings and even though her time on stage was quite short compared to the rest of the cast, she made every single second count.
Although the whole cast is extremely talented, including the immensely talented Stephanie Rojas, who plays fame hungry Carmen Diaz. The highlight for me was the character of Tyrone played by Jamal Kane Crawford. I like an underdog and Tyrone is headstrong, underrated and misunderstood. Despite having an athletic build, he moves with Iris so gracefully when they are in the ballet studio, when he’s not busy showing off his impressive choreography moves.
The cast really immerse you into the set, the stage props were simple but very effective. At one point during rehearsals one of the teachers came down to the aisles to watch the stage, giving direction and pointers. It made you feel like you were really living that moment.
This show overall, is great fun, you’ll leave the theatre skipping back to your car, singing FAME! It’s lively and energetic, uplifting and joyful. If you get chance I would high recommend seeing this show, it’s left me itching to watch the film.
A big thank you for BH Live for providing me with tickets. Fame is on at the Bournemouth Pavilion until Saturday 31st August, as part of the UK tour. You can still purchase your tickets through BH Live.
I was provided with complimentary tickets however all words are my own. Images have kindly been provided by BH Live.