Six (UK Tour), The Lowry Salford | Review

Six The Musical UK Tour

27/12/19

The Lowry, Salford

Reviewed by Mia Goddard

★★★★★


Remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century, SIX turns Tudor queens into pop princesses. Tired of being defined by their husband, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr take to the stage to tell “her-story”, singing and dancing up a storm as they each give their version of events of living with the infamous King.

It isn’t long before a competition emerges, each Queen taking to the mic to share her misery of being married to Henry VIII through a song. They do this in an array of musical genres, a blend of pop, rock ballad, R&B and soul, all backed by an all-female band, The Ladies in Waiting.
The six women portraying the queens are all thoroughly talented and shine equally, a rare and wonderful thing to see on stage and despite the competitiveness in the storyline, it’s ultimately a show of sisterhood.

Having already seen SIX twice prior to this trip, there was something so exciting about this new tour. This brand-new cast elevate the show to a new and fresh-feeling production. Both individually and collectively, the six wives tell their tales of love, loss and death, with each competing for the title of the true ‘Leading Lady’.

Lauren Drew shines as Catherine of Aragon, channelling her inner Beyonce with a touch of Whitney, showing off the gorgeous tone to her voice. She has some of the best facial expressions I’ve seen and there’s no doubt she will make you laugh constantly throughout the show.

Maddison Bulleyment as Anne Boleyn gave an equally as powerful performance. Her comic timing and asides was just as impressive as her vocals.

Lauren Byrne has amazing stage presence as Jane Seymour with an incredible voice which is superbly controlled. She was instantly lovable from the moment she walked on stage.

Shekinah McFarlane’s portrayal of Anna of Cleves was extremely successful with the audience. Her personality jumped off the stage, her Rhianna-inspired queen going down a storm with the audience.

Jodie Steele as Katherine Howard delivered another powerful performance, showing off her incredible vocals and dance skills, showing a side to Katherine Howard I hadn’t seen before.

Athena Collins as Catherine Parr brought the message of feminism and equality between the queens, along with her stunningly flawless riffs. She couldn’t be more relevant in 2019 and she nailed her performance.

This show is a fun, comic and powerful pop concert told by six strong independent women, who all work extremely well together to bring this totally unique and fresh show to life. From the genre-defying staging to Carrie-Anne Ingrouille’s sharp choreography, these queens are fierce and the audience just can’t get enough.