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I was excited about seeing The Belgrade’s original new musical, The Prodigals, after seeing a snippet at the London rehearsals last month – and was not disappointed. The tightly–choreographed army street dance sequences were incredibly powerful, all the more authentic having been choreographed by former Royal Military policeman turned actor/consultant Brendan Riding.

The musical is a modern version of the biblical parable of the prodigal son in a military setting – Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

The staging is stunning, based around a huge metal cage called The Beast, cleverly overlaid with striking projections from beautiful poppy fields blowing in the wind to Kelly’s handwritten diary entries and a massive Union Jack. The acting and singing is top notch. 

The Prodigals is a musical with its heart in the right place. Be prepared for a night of raw emotion.

Catherine Vonledebur, COVENTRY TELEGRAPH