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Thursday 05 January 2017

Review: Holiday On Ice @ The Brighton Centre - 04/01/17

The Brighton Centre's 2017 week long residency from Holiday On Ice is a modern rock version of the classic Romeo and Juliet story. 

Believe is an exciting and fast paced production that is a modern day take on the traditional Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet, about desire, jealously and true love. 

Set in two worlds in which the lovers inhabit - the underworld where Antonio (Romeo) works at a metal works factory, and the upper world where Clarissa (Juliet) parties at Club Utopia but feels as though she doesn't quite belong and decides to venture to the underworld in search of love.

Act one ends with Clarissa and Antonio meeting and falling in love at first sight but the boss of the upper world, realising that Clarissa wasn't in the Club Utopia, comes and takes her away.

The first half was very story driven, delivering Shakespeare's classic tale to a tee on the icy stage. 

However, for me personally, the use of such a well known story means that the skating seemed to take a bit of a back seat, not quite as showstopping as previous years. 

It's highlight (literally) was a troupe of dancers in light up suits, which reminded me of Daft Punk, skating to a techno beat as the lights on their bodies changed colour seamlessly to the music.

The second half started with collision, chaos has taken over the two worlds and there's a struggle to return order as Antonio and Clarissa desperately try to find a way to be part of their respective worlds and still be together.

In the end, love brings the two worlds together and everyone is happy because they believe in the emotion.

Act two was more engaging as we got the wonderful aerial act, performed by Clarissa and Antonio to Christopher Dean's career defining track 'Bolero' (which for me seems a bit self-indulgent) and an elegant pole dancer surrounded by beautiful falling water patterns, some dazzling pyrotechnics and the traditional title themed dance (with lit up costumes) to close.

This show was well executed and enjoyed as a glorious night out for all ages, but for me personally as someone who visits Holiday On Ice every year, I was left feeling a little underwhelmed. I hope that next year they focus less on the heavy storyline and more on showstopping skating.

Holiday On Ice's 'Believe' at The Brighton Centre until  Sunday 8th January 2017. See brightoncentre.co.uk for more info.

by: Steph Keane




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