HAIRSPRAY

What I really liked about this production of the feel good classic, apart from the sing-along songs, is that it carries an important message. Especially nowadays we need to speak up for tolerance, integration and equality. For the design I would have liked the main figures to be more visual. While the design successfully reproduced the spirit of the 60s, the background dancers appeared a bit too colourful. Their clothes could have been a bit desaturated when they swirl around Amber's mother.

Link was obviously inspired by James Dean, while I asked myself if he shouldn't wear the 60s trousers on the waist instead of trying wearing them as a modern cut.

For the entry scene I think a horizontal bed would have done the same and maybe the movable sides could have been used to suggest a transition from Tracy's room to the outside world to give the audience a moment to arrive in her world. I absolutely adored the design for the living room. To let Tracy and her friend sit close in front of the television, while the entire stage is empty, to suggest how small and cosy her parents’ house is, really took me back into the 60s. The use of different projection to support the change of the area, was a really good choice, because it helped visualizing Tracy’s world.

The biggest success coming from this performance, is that they manage to break down the 4th wall and reach their audience. When the last song came up, the audience jumped on their feet and started dancing and clapping. This is a magic moment, because the onstage world and the audience melt together and for a moment, no life and no problems seem to exist in the outside world.

Set and Costume Designer: takis

pictures from Birmingham Hippodrome Website https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/hairspray/

pictures from Birmingham Hippodrome Website https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/hairspray/

pictures from Birmingham Hippodrome Website https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/hairspray/

pictures from Birmingham Hippodrome Website https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/hairspray/

pictures from Birmingham Hippodrome Website https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/hairspray/

pictures from Birmingham Hippodrome Website https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/hairspray/

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