*My tickets to see Hair were press tickets provided by the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Hair has officially landed at the Wolverhampton Grand theatre this week, and last night I was lucky enough to get to go and see the first showing and let me give you a major spoiler: this production is absolutely fantastic.
Truth be told, I was looking forward to seeing Hair because I had heard of the controversy that it once amassed, it was once shocking and a talking point; these days the themes explored are what we see on television and the full frontal nudity seemed like it had to happen – yep, you read that right, there’s full frontal nudity in this play.
Hair takes us back to the sixties when the Vietnam war was at its peak, the play has been mildly modernised to fit todays political themes and agenda, it opens up with a Donald Trump speech roaring over the sound of war, each character dressed in their hippie uniform walking along the stage hand in hand as it plays. However the theme of the show doesn’t overtake the enjoyment, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously either, even though the conflicting emotions of engaging in war are present, they’re not predominant – in fact, you find yourself asking: What did I just watch?
The plot explores a group of hippies living in New York, they’re free and drugged up wanting to end the war and have peace and harmony amongst the world. The group has it’s eccentrics and its more normal characters, or what can be perceived as normal, with Claude, Berger and Sheila taking the reins as the three main and most predominant characters in the show.
The choreography throughout this musical is something to be admired, each beat, movement and groove hits the nail on the head, you find yourself tapping your toes along with the cast and the vocals are off the scale.
This is also one of the most interactive plays that I have seen recently, members of the audience are brought up onto the stage, spoken to and asked to engage throughout the duration of the play, there’s even a gag where one of the cast members, dressed as a curious middle aged lady, picks a man out of the crowd to be her husband, it’s hilarious and the comedic timing with this sequence is bang on.
This musical is hyperactive from the get go, you feel overwhelmed but in a good way by the constant lights, dancing, laughter and chemistry that the cast have. The set is probably one of the best sets going right now too, the colours and materials all shine and glow and interact with the lighting to keep the set alive and moving, this is also one of the first productions that I’ve seen where they’ve made great use of the limited space by using every prop as something to interact with rather than leave in the backdrop for easy viewing.
I had a fantastic time watching Hair, the hippie nostalgia, psychedelic and groovy set combined with fantastic dance and music makes this one of my favourite showings yet – even if I couldn’t quite get my head around what the plot is supposed to be!
You can grab a ticket and watch Hair up until this Saturday! It’s worth watching.