'Give me some music; music, moody food of us that trade in love' Act II, Scene V, Anthony and Cleopatra
After its huge success last year, MTB has put on another showcase in the SU. It is a relaxed and fun environment with a strong student feel to it, making it accessible to everyone with an interest in musical theatre. The MTB’s showcase of nine musical extracts begins with “Something Rotten”, setting the scene with a more satirical introduction. However, as the show progresses the mood lifts and the audience settles in for a night of laughter and fun. The cast, made up of students from all different degrees and backgrounds, is absolutely fantastic. The show is vibrant and lively, leaving the audience wanting to join in!
Between each act, a video in the style of the X Factor is played to introduce the next musical. Although this video doesn’t give away anything of the plot, it act as a nice, high quality transition between pieces. Each extract is also very well timed, with each piece just long enough to capture and intrigue the audience. With a combination of upbeat and fun musical extracts from productions ranging from “Billy Elliot” and “High School Musical”, to more dramatic pieces such as “Blood Brothers”, the showcase caters to everyone regardless of their taste in music. It is definitely a great production that gives a taster of each musical, leaving you wanting more as it sparks your interest in musical theatre.
Particular highlights of the night are “Book of Mormon” and “Hairspray” which are really fun pieces that make everyone want to join in! The dancing and singing in “Hairspray" really gets the crowd going, with an incredibly talented lead. “Blood Brothers" on the other hand emphasises some wonderful acting as well as singing, showing the audience the variety and scope of musical theatre.
Perhaps the most interesting piece of the night, Frank Ocean really embraces the Bristol culture. It is a creative performance piece with segments of group dance reminding you of the rave scene in Bristol, with a film of the MTB cast in Bristol playing in the background. This is juxtaposed to softer musical interludes with contemporary dance. The lead singer is fantastic, adding an intimate gig or concert type feel to the musical showcase. It also has to be said that the orchestra and band really made the show stand out. Overall a night with excellent acting, singing, music and dance that should not be missed. I would definitely recommend going to see this production as it offers something for everyone. The Karaoke night in the students union after the show was also another personal highlight!
Alissa Juliette, Economics and Politics student