Sunday, 21 February 2021

REVIEW: The Secret Society of Leading Ladies at the Barn Theatre (Online)

The Secret Society of Leading Ladies should be anything but a secret! Ryan Carter’s new interactive concert is slick and chock full of talent. 

The mini-concert is... well it's completely up to you! Throughout your concert you have 5 chances to choose which song you’d like to see performed, and with over 150 combinations to choose from, there’s plenty to whet your appetite. A wide variety of shows are featured spanning from old classics like Chicago and The Wizard of Oz to musical theatre nerdy gems like Steel Pier and Bonnie and Clyde.

Stitching the songs together are some very clever scenes as your performers share a short scene together, really elevating the concert from cute gimmick to technically impressive and delightful. Cumulating in a fabulous finale, the show really will put a smile on your face and tide you over for when we can finally be back in theatre’s in person.

With so many online productions recently, and this particular lockdown feeling tougher than ever, this unique spin on virtual content is refreshingly welcome. The 14 strong cast is fresh and diverse giving new, engaging takes on some of the theatres best numbers. 

I think Ryan Carter will need to create a few more secret societies because he may have struck gold with this idea. Perhaps a little too short, but if you don’t have online fatigue yet (or would appreciate something short and sweet) I certainly recommend checking the society out. 

(* For one show you cycle through 5 choices, with the multi-show ticket you can cycle through all 14 performances)

Review by Jack Morris

Rating: ★★★★

Seat: Online | Price of Ticket: £10 for one show, £15 for multi-show *

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