Spring Awakening

The 2006 musical Spring Awakening, based on the book of the same name, tells the story of teenagers at a strict religious school in late 19th century Germany, struggling as they discover their sexuality. Dynamik’s production of Spring Awakening is a highly impressive piece of musical theatre. The cast is note perfect and the entire team execute the show with a precision that rivals the West End.

A highly impressive piece of musical theatre

What impresses the most in Dynamik’s Spring Awakening is the musicality. The beautifully lyrical opening Mamma Who Bore Me sets the tone for the rest of the show, full of tight harmonies and heartfelt acting through song. The band is as faultless as a recording and the sound is perfectly balanced between singers and band. The score is not easy, with gut-punching belts and a complex combination of rock and folk, yet the cast and band are unified in their rhythm and musicality.

The acting is deeply moving and earnest, which is a particular challenge in Spring Awakening as the actors have to play repressed adolescents in a dark coming-of-age as they suffer the extremities of abuse and control. The most affective moments are in the group scenes, where the cast’s energy comes to life as they accurately portray youthful and confused characters. There are, however, some moments of stiffness, which is a common blunder in sombre productions and happens to the best of us. It is an easy fix and one that is not damaging to the overall show.

Although the stage is small, the cast manoeuvre the space brilliantly, with subtle yet strong choreography that allows scenes to smoothy flow from one to the other whilst maintaining their distinct separation. The movement is cleanly executed, sharp and evocative. A particular highlight is in Touch Me, where the cast are synchronised in lyrical arm movement. The set, props and costume are similarly minimalist but effective, which works well as focus is pulled toward the talent.

If you love musicals, Dynamik's Spring Awakening is not one to miss.

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The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, 'the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade'. Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. From the company that bought RENT in 2016.

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