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Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical..

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Recently I went to the Phoenix theatre in London with my family to watch the hotly anticipated Bend it like Beckham, the musical. Now for those who know the story and loved it this would have been a new venture into the world of theatre and film. The musical was brought to us by the director of the original movie, Gurinder Chadha. 

For those of you who aren’t aware of the original story here’s a quick summary:

Jess needs extra time.

She is facing the most important decision of her life: live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenager is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of unexpected opportunities opens up before her. But as her sister’s traditional Indian wedding approaches, can she keep her family happy and still follow her dreams?

At times hilarious and touching the movie depicts how two cultures can be merged together to fulfill one’s dreams and ambitions but the biggest step to take is to believe in yourself. The musical follows the same plot and as such the screenplay is brilliant. What adds to this already brilliant story-line is the music. Without a doubt a musical only works if there’s good music and this production gives the audience that in spades.

From the compositions to the lyrics, the music is spectacular on a large scale. It brings to life the whole journey of the main characters and gives us a glimpse into the perspective of the secondary characters. The fusion of Punjabi and English music is one that brings a smile to your face. As someone who’s family originates from Punjab, in India and who has grown up listening to Punjabi music, this was a real pleasure. But even for those not familiar with the language or music could be seen singing, clapping and dancing to the beat of the desi drums. The music is original and authentic in every way and for me it completely sold the production and gave theatre lovers something they enjoy the most, being entertained to the max.

Although I believe the music was the selling point, it would be silly not to commend the effort put in by the incredibly talented actors, their hard work definitely paid off. There wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t hooked by the characterisations from the actors. They were brilliant. I don’t think I could pick out one actor who didn’t live up to the performance that was promised and for me that was definitely a huge and welcoming surprise.

If you love a fusion of two cultures with a story-line that entertains from start to finish then this production is definitely worth a watch. For all those people who believe in dreams and desires, this musical teaches you to never give up and to believe in your abilities and yourself. A fantastic watch for individuals of all ages and an inspiration to the youngsters of this generation. Go enjoy a family day out or a take a few friends and be entertained for 2 and half hours. You won’t regret it.

Thank you to the Phoenix theatre and all those involved in the production of this musical for bringing this joyous new British musical comedy to the west-end.

You can find out more about the musical in the following places:

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The S.H.I.E.L.D Agents are back..

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*Warning contains mild spoilers*

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Finally, finally, finally, Marvel’s Agents of Shield is back on UK screens after a (very long) mid-season break and boy is it back with a bang!

Since the show first aired in September, I have become increasingly obsessed with it. Not least because I happen to love Marvel comics and films but also because like every superhero fan, I felt slightly lost after Avengers Assemble. Joss Whedon however, came to the rescue with his brilliant idea of bringing to our television screens, the day-to-day extraordinary lives of the enigmatic S.H.I.E.L.D Agents. Thus, the incredible sci-fi show was born, much to the delight of Marvel fans (including myself).

The show so far has been a rollercoaster ride, literally. From exploding bodies to jumping out of planes, the show provided me with a good dose of fantasy that was much needed in my sad, dull life. Throw in a good few action scenes, a few secrets, a betrayal and you have the perfect mix of for an extraordinary show. Besides, who wasn’t caught completely off guard by Agent May and Agent Ward’s not-so-little fling? Did not see that one coming did you? Yep me neither and this is was just the first half of the season. So you can understand why I was going crazy over the past few months, waiting for the show to come back.

Now, of course being an American show, it aired in the States much earlier so we’re still slightly behind in the UK but who cares right? ‘The Magical Place’ episode aired on my television screen last Friday night, on Channel 4. I have to admit, because I had waited so long for it to come back, I was quite apprehensive about it. I was hoping it would be just as good as I remember but I wasn’t entirely sure that would be the case. However, after now having seen the episode, I can thankfully say that I was proven wrong. Hurrah!

It started where we had left off before the mid-season break, with Agent Coulson still held hostage by Raina. Raina is a nasty piece of work but I couldn’t help but admire her audacity. Seriously, the woman never gives up does she? For me however, this episode wasn’t about Raina, it revolved entirely around Coulson. So far there have only ever been two certain events that have made me feel emotional, whilst watching this show. The first, when Simmons nearly died and the second was in this episode when Coulson tries to remember how he came back from the dead (don’t laugh, it’s not meant to be funny). I’ve had a soft spot for Coulson since Avengers Assemble, so to see him at his weakest point was quite sad, for me anyway. Also I won’t give too much away but thanks to Raina’s torture methods, we get a glimpse of the big secret that is being kept by none other than Mr Nick Fury himself. What has Fury been up to eh? Might as well bring Loki into the picture; make it a full-house party, no?

I also loved the team dynamics in this episode, and how slowly but surely they’re all coming to accept each other and trust each other – which I’m sure was a nice change for Skye, at least. As much as I loved Coulson, the highlight of this episode for me was when Skye punched Raina in the face. You go girl! Raina definitely had it coming! As per usual, the episode ended with another cliff-hanger that had me screaming at my television before I was conveniently reminded by my sibling that the next episode was only a week away. Thank the Loki…I mean Lord, for that!

I don’t think I could end this blog post without giving a shout-out to my favourite agents; Coulson, for being such a sweetheart, Skye, for being a rebel, Simmons for her incredible loyalty, Fitz for his cute-ness, May for her total kick-arse attitude and of course Ward, for just being Ward. I love this show and hope you do!

Roll on Friday.  😀

*If you haven’t already seen this show, you are seriously missing out! Go and give it a go, I assure you, you will not be disappointed!*