On Wednesday night, I was transported from the rainy streets of Nottingham to the sunny Greek island of Mamma Mia, and I didn’t stop smiling or tapping my foot for the whole two hours I was there..
20-year-old Sophie (Lucy May Barker) dreams to have her dad walk her down the isle as she marries her fiance, Sky (Philip Ryan). The only problem is, out of three potential men, she doesn’t know which of her mother’s lovers from all those years ago is her real father. So, of course, she invites them all to the wedding without her mum, Donna, knowing about her plan.
Nottingham gal Sara Poyzer bought to life the role of Donna Sheridan, and did a bloody good job while she was at it too. I always get a bit worried when I hear someone other than ABBA trying to sing ABBA, but Poyzer absolutely nailed every note and gave such an emotional performance from the offset.
Without making this sound like an episode of Jeremy Kyle, all three potential fathers turn up and as Sophie spends more time with each of them, it quickly becomes apparent to her just how hard her mum worked to support her as she grew up not knowing who her dad was.
Mamma Mia is a performance that touches the hearts of generations, with mothers and daughters each sharing a tear as they picture themselves in the situation of a girl growing into a woman and flying the nest from under her mother’s wing.
I know I did anyway.
If you get the chance to go and see this show, do it.
By the end of the show, every audience member was on their feet clapping, dancing and singing along to the best-known songs, and the atmosphere was amazing.
The high-paced performance will have you feeling every emotion created in the film, and make you feel part of the action no matter how far away you are from the stage. Dance choreography and costume design leaves you not knowing where to look, and adds to the tension created from Sophie’s mind as her feelings and emotions get toyed with throughout the performance.
My tears of sadness about not wanting to grow up and stop being mummy’s little girl soon changed to tears of joy as characters showed the true meaning of life- friendship and having fun with the people you love.
This performance was everything I thought it would be and more.
5 stars, no doubt about it.
By Emma Page