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REVIEW: Hair the musical at the New Theatre in Cardiff

Thanks to the New TheatreCardiff  for inviting us along to see the show in exchange for this review.

It’s been 50 years since Hair swept audiences away with a musical that portrayed young adults’ attitude towards the Vietnam War in such a lively manner.

Now, half a century later Hair has become a musical favourite, adapted numerous times and even turned into a film. Yet, despite its age, Jonathan O’Boyle’s revival highlights how the topics and sentiments from the hippy-era have not outgrown today’s society.

It’s been 50 years since Hair swept audiences away with a musical that portrayed young adults’ attitude towards the Vietnam War

As the curtains open, you enter this bright, colourful era, as characters start to introduce themselves through a series of bizarre but harmonious songs. With a number of trippy hallucination scenes, Hair seems to take you into another world; one that is chaotic and entertaining.

Do you really get to know the individual characters on stage? Probably not, but that doesn’t make them any less likeable. Filled with energy, the characters perform Hair’s iconic songs. From ‘Donna’ to ‘Black Boys/White Boys’ to ‘Let the Sun Shine In’, the audience is not only treated to beautiful and powerful voices but also to actors who share their joy on stage.
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Paul Wilkins’ portrays the character Claude in an empathetic way that makes you sympathise with his torment between following duty and his personal disagreement with the war. Although this is the stronger storyline, the other characters are not left behind. On the contrary, throughout the songs my eyes continued to shift to Aiesha Pease (Dionne) with her strong stage presence and smooth voice.

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This musical is filled with entertainment. Although the narrative breaks up and can be chaotic, there is no moment in Hair in which you’ll feel bored – far from it. It gets the audience involved and has you on the edge of your seat.

To see the ladies in front of me dance along during songs and jump up in the final act, says it all. This is a musical that wants you to become a part of the story and in the words of their own songs ‘open up your heart and let the sun shine in’.

Hair can be seen in The New Theatre until Saturday 20 April, before the cast heads to Plymouth. Tickets are available from the Box Office on (029) 2087 8889 and here.

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Hair at New Theatre in Cardiff

"This is a musical that wants you to become a part of the story"

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