Review: Wait For Me, online

When the idea for new British dance musical Wait For Me first came about, writer Sam Cassidy envisaged it as a stage show. Of course nothing in 2020 has gone to plan, but thankfully the production has been reimagined as a digital production, now streaming on InPlayer. 

Wait For Me, which is directed and choreographed by The Greatest Dancer finalist Ainsley Ricketts (who also stars in the production), tells the story of two angels who are separated and sent to earth to become guardians of Jack and Emma, a mortal couple destined to be together. This 50-minute musical is a touching tale of life, love and loss and combines song and dance to great effect. 

Ricketts’ innovative choreography is brought to life beautifully by dancers Jaih Betote (Jack), Chrissy Brooke (Emma), Ricketts and Clarice Lanta-Lilly (the angels) who really show off their skills throughout as they tell the story of the lovers. There’s a little bit of everything thrown in, from classical ballet to hip hop and contemporary dance, and it all works perfectly as the audience are taken on a journey through the ups and downs of the mortal couple’s relationship. Singers Eloise Davies and Bluey Robinson complete the line-up and their incredible voices capture the emotions of the Cassidy’s beautiful score perfectly. With the production filmed in lockdown, the cast of six all isolated together for three weeks and their dedication really paid off – the result is a slick production with the chemistry between the characters evident even through the camera lens. 

While watching any show online is never quite the same as seeing it in the flesh, Wait For Me still has the power to move the audience. The electrifying atmosphere is still evident even in this digital production, and that’s partly due to the work of cinematographer Nick Ross, who combines wide sweeping shots and intimate close-ups to give audience members a front row seat to the action. There are many times throughout the piece when it really feels as though you’re in the same room as the dancers, and that’s very much to the credit of the creative team. 

If there’s a downside, it’s that the 50 minutes doesn’t quite feel long enough but as a result the audience are left wanting more. Wait For Me is a visually stunning production with faultless performances from the talented cast. On the same week that it was suggested that arts jobs were not viable, this beautiful and moving show is a reminder of the importance of the arts in our lives right now. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wait For Me is available to view for a small fee on InPlayer. To book tickets visit https://www.facebook.com/WaitForMeLive

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