11 October to 13 November 2016
Reviewed by Lee-Anne McCarthy
Sparkling eye make-up applied, platforms on and Waterloo blaring on the car stereo can only mean one thing… I was on the way to review the exciting return of Mamma Mia! the UK tour to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Mamma Mia! whisked us away from rainy grey autumn Wales to the summer sun of an idyllic Greek island. It tells the story of a young soon to be married woman, Sophie, and her bizarre quest to discover the real identity of her father. Sophie unbeknownst to her mother Donna invites all three of her possible bio Dads, Donna’s former love interests, to celebrate her coming nuptials. Cue some hilarious moments as Donna deals with the humiliations of coming face to face, quite literally, with her past. As the story is told some the greatest hits of Abba like Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and Honey Honey are cleverly used adding light hearted fun that appealed to everyone in the audience young and old.
The set has a simple design that ensures not a moment of your attention deviates from the fantastic cast performances on stage. Yet despite its simplicity I always felt I was right there on that island sharing every moment.
The performances of the entire cast was outstanding. Sara Poyzer embodied the independent hardworking single mum Donna. Poyzer however was able to show the real vulnerabilities this character had despite her independent women exterior. She was supported by Lucy May Barker who played daughter Sophie. Together they made their mother daughter relationship completely believable. Both had incredible voice that belted out ABBA tune after ABBA tune effortlessly.
Many a laugh came from the performances of Donna’s best friends Rosie, played by Jaqueline Braun, and Tanya, played by Emma Clifford. The one stand out scene of hilarity was when young wannabe stud Pepper, played by Louis Stockil, tried desperately to woo the more mature experienced Tanya with a dance off.
The supporting ensemble brought many of the ABBA songs to life. The choreography and music brought fun and humour to the performance. It really was toe tapping fun that had members of the audience clapping and singing along.
The sum of a great night.
Flares + ABBA + Laughs = Mamma Mia!
We give Mamma Mia! an amazing 5 stars.
Tickets cost from £18.50 to £65.50 (booking fees may apply).
Mamma Mia! is at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff until 13 November 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 029 2063 6464.
Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL | 029 2063 6464