THEATRE REVIEW: SIX reunion with Aimie Atkinson

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Oval Space RUNTIME: 60 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 10/10/20 (late show)

SIX is well-suited to being a socially distanced show because it is 75 minutes long without interval and its stars perform as a six-strong girl group with little interplay between each other.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see 3 of this cast in SIX from November

It transfers from the Arts Theatre where we saw it last year to the Lyric Theatre for a run beginning 14/11/20 to 31/1/21. Tickets

We mention this because such is the bond between its original 7-strong cast that they returned at these reunion shows in east London in front of both a socially distanced audience and a virtual 1 via Thespie of more than 3,000 households across more than 60 countries.

A total of 3 of tonight’s cast will return to the show in November, Jarnéia Richard-Noel, Natalie Paris and Alexia Macintosh.

It’s perhaps then a little surprising that there is so little from the actual show tonight that brought them together but this is the first-time they have performed as a 7 and the vibe is definitely girl (group) power.

The group version of Lorde’s Royals is especially ear-catching and, although it seems wrong to single out any of the solos, we did especially enjoy the more thoughtful version of Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl that Millie O’Connell gave us.

The ethos of standing strong and together was exemplified in the between-song chat with Alexia talking about being a mother and Natalie offering some pertinent advice in an era of social media dominance: ‘Never compare yourself with others. You are special in your own way.’

Aimie went on to win the titular role in Pretty Woman: The Musical and her advice seems most in keeping with the show’s theme of reunion. ‘We just want to say a big thank you to all those who made this journey that we’ve been on for the last three years possible. Surround yourself with amazing people who make you feel fantastic and that’s when you find your real friends.’

We remarked on the Little Mix feel of SIX when we last saw it and it’s this group’s Salute they choose to close tonight’s entertaining evening with.

We managed to see 6 of tonight’s 7 when we caught the show and said: ‘Jarnelia Richard-Noel is a fierce Catherine of Aragon surpassed only for us by the bling of Alexia McIntosh as Anna of Cleeves. Natalie Paris has the big, X-Factor-style love ballad and Millie O’Connell the funniest song Don’t Lose Ur Head (see above, sample lyric: ‘Everybody chill, it’s totes God’s will’).

‘Aimie Atkinson is familiar to us from last year’s Eurovision: You Decide with its best song (Goldstone’s I Feel The Love) and she sings impressively here while the best tune is probably survivor Catherine Parr’s (a fine professional debut by Maiya Quansah-Reed) with I Don’t Need Your Love giving a sense of where this is going thematically.

‘We’re reminded of the best girl groups like Little Mix and Spice Girls by the interplay of the wives and by how the women are stronger together by the end. We guarantee you’ll be headed home humming the hits with a smile across your face.’ But don’t take our word for it now you’ve a chance to experience it for yourselves.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Thespie. Tickets SIX tickets
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