This production is by far one of the best that I have seen performed at the fabulous Regent Theatre. ‘Soul Sister’ is based on the life and times of songstress Tina Turner and her husband Ike. However, despite the play being a form of biopic, Bill Kenwright and Jon Miller have yet again added non-stop action and songs to keep the audience enthralled and wanting more.
‘Soul Sister’ has a long running time at two hours and thirty minutes, but trust me, it’s definitely worth it and you don’t even realise the time when you’re witnessing a masterpiece like this. The energy from the cast and the live on-stage band is endless, and the moves are fantastic! What’s more, the vocal and musical talent from the cast makes the performance seem like a mixture of being at a Tina Turner concert and seeing the behind the scenes events, which is what the play focuses on.
Tina’s rise to fame and fall from married life is depicted brilliantly in this toe-tapping yet tragic piece. The costumes become more elaborate to show the rise to fame, even though the acting becomes more violent. ‘Soul Sister’ has one of the best digital backdrops I have seen ; not only does it transport you through space and time, it also gets used as a narrative device. This really makes you see that theatre is far from being the forgotten form of entertainment in contemporary society – having a new digital backdrop in the majestic historical Regent Theatre brings home that fact.
You will miss out if you do not see this production. Even if you’re not a fan of Tina Turner’s music or you weren’t part of that generation, you will have your eyes opened to the fact that all that glitters is not gold as you watch the tale of a woman trying to fulfil her duties as a singer but also wife and mother when all the odds are against her. If you are a Tina Turner fan, need I say more than there’s non-stop hits including ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It? and ‘River Deep Mountain High’. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll get the half hour long encore of hits at the end that I witnessed on the opening night.
Get to The Regent in Hanley to get tickets for tonight, tomorrow or Saturday from the Box Office, or call 0844 871 7627, or visit atgtickets.com/stoke.
By Grace Cooper