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Going to see Billy Elliot? Be warned!

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A quickie post to let you know my thoughts on Billy Elliot, if you haven’t already been to see it (or am I the only person left standing?!)

The most important point being this: it’s not for young kids. This was a bit of a revelation to me, as I thought with it being in the West End, starring children, that it would be more family-oriented. I took my oldest who is just turning 10, and felt pretty uncomfortable and prudy sitting next to him as they f-ed and blinded through the show. Finn looked absolutely delighted, mind you, so I suppose that’s something.

Shit, fanny, wanker and their naughty little friends held centre stage for nearly 3 hours. I felt myself in a Face/Off situation with Mary Whitehouse by the end of the show. Certainly there was a call for some swearing, as it gave the play a social and historical context, but it definitely felt excessive. I had been considering taking my 5 year old – that would have been disastrous.

What else to report? The sets are clever (though the same as the original version according to my friend who was having a re-run with me last night). Billy, played by Kaine Ward – he’s at the performing arts school in Tring doncha know –  is superb. The fearlessness and athleticism to hold that central performance is mind-blowing in a 13 year old kid.

The current Mrs Wilkinson (Gillian Bevan) is no Julie Walters and was the weakest link in an otherwise strong chain.

Billy Elliot is definitely worth seeing but in my opinion, either with or without children,  Matilda blows it out of the water. Do you agree or think I’m talking a load of f-ing useless b****dy cr**p? Comments below! x

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1 comment on “Going to see Billy Elliot? Be warned!”

  • Allison August 31, 2012

    This made my giggle! I did think that we might see this show, however your comments brought to mind a contemporary dance show (the name escapes me, I have erased it from my memory)that I took my 10 year old daughter and her friend to see earlier in the year. There was some ‘suggestive’ dancing which clearly went over their heads but nevertheless there was an imaginary hole I wanted to slip into at that moment. The friend did remark to her mother that the show had been very ‘energetic’! Think I got away with that one.

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