Sunday 5 February 2023

Six - The Musical Review

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On Friday night myself and friends/fellow Daily Cosplaynet Writers went to Woking to the UK Tour of ‘Six The Musical’ at the theatre. I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the show and give my personal review below.

The six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their musical tales remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a celebration of modern-day girl power. The Six ladies go from Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses giving us a one of a kind girl band!

Musically it delivers clever hip hop rhymes, ballads, R&B and more! Paired with dance routines and all delivered with a lot of sass by a diverse and all female cast. I personally loved that the whole band playing the music for the show are also all females. The musical singing talent is insane. The vocals are brilliant, they all can sing so well on their own but also work perfectly together. They could certainly outrun most modern-day girl bands out there! Watch out Little Mix!

The show is staged as a very unsisterly competition, each wife getting a song deliver to prove that they’re the biggest victim, the one who suffered the most at Henry’s VIII’s hands. This is treated weirdly as comedy though, very over the top and a lot of fun! All the wives very much have their own characters and personalities that they show you through their songs and banter.

Gabriella Slade’s sparkling costumes are out of this world! They are the perfect cross between pop princesses on tour 2023 and Tudor Court! They are a cosplayers dream!

At the very end, the women finally twig that competition doesn’t serve them, that it’s unfair they’ve been defined by a man, and that we don’t know anything else about them… I would have loved to see Marlow and Moss Offer an alternative ending giving the girls the chance to redefine themselves more.

It was very clear that the crowd absolutely loved 'Six'. When you’re not worrying about the plot/politics, there is much to enjoy. There are moments that stray from the expected such as the song ‘Haus of Holbein’, the reimagined Renaissance portrait painting as a dating app, to a surreal mash-up of German oompah music and banging House.

I particularly enjoyed the X-rated jokes which were implied either in music or were so subtle and understated there would be no way that kids would understand them. Kids, however, would absolutely adore this show because it’s literally six high-energy pop princesses on stage for 80 minutes.

This musical doesn’t fit the mould of what you expect from a musical. It feels more like a concert, a fun cross between the two. It doesn’t have an interval either just 80 minutes of continued musical fun. Its certainly unconventional.

This show is fun, uplifting, it’s weird, quirky, unique. A very clever masterpiece! I’d highly recommend this show.

Rating 5 ★★★★★

Stay tuned for more reviews coming soon! 

*Images from the Six Musical website

Skye Fawkes Cosplay 
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