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