The weekend is here again, it’s Saturday 19th November 2016, and I’m back at Bristol Hippodrome for my 17th performance of the brilliant Billy Elliot. The weekend wouldn’t be complete without at least one show, and even travelling from the Welsh Valleys on match day,(Wales v Japan this afternoon) to Bristol to watch this Magnificent show, makes my whole week worthwhile. This is yet another show I can’t get enough of, I could never get bored watching this musical.
For today’s matinee cast we have Billy played by Haydn May, Michael by Bradley Mayfield, Debbie is played by Lilly Cadwallender, and the role of the Small boy goes to Isobel Chalmers. I have to praise this role, in particular, Isobel was Brilliant today, it’s fabulous to see someone so young play a role in a great musical, that just adds something different to each scene. Another change from Thursday is that Scott Garnham returns as Tony. Again I have to say just how good Haydn is in the role of Billy,(just as Lewis was on Thursday), such a brilliant performance for one so young. Again the acting skills are so good now and getting better with each performance, the dancing, of course, was again superb,as it always is on every show. We got to see ‘Angry Dance’ today, after the problems with the set on Thursday afternoon. I also want to praise all the Michael’s and Debbie’s that have hit the stage, they are all fabulous as well.
Once again this show never fails to impress the audience, and today was no exception. A wonderful performance by all the cast again, as is the case for all of the shows I’ve seen so far. The children playing the main roles get stronger every time I see them. The supporting cast of ballet girls and the other child actors, are also brilliant in everything they do on stage, for such young men and women.
The only problem with visiting Bristol is I can only see the one show per day, travelling back to the valleys after 10.30 pm on the train is pretty awful. Loving Billy Elliot the way I do I want to see it twice every visit. But I will have to make do with one show for now. I’ve seen it 17 times, so I can’t really grumble, well not that much anyway.