On Friday 20th July, I went to see RENT at Frogmore paper mill in Apsley, which is put on by http://www.vivodarte.co.uk/index.htm.
As I've never seen RENT in any form, from the Broadway Stage Show, to the DVD Film, I wasn't sure what to expect; but had been warned that it was rather emotional and that I would cry; They were right!
The Story was fantastic; and told through gripping drama; what I loved about this production; it wasn't your sit in a theatre for 2 hours, and watch the drama unfold on stage; but being part of the drama unfolding around you; with the actors acting out scenes and performing songs around you; and being lead throughout the paper mill between different scenes, for example being part of a funeral for one of the characters who passes away during the show; which is hard hitting and very emotional.
The casting for this was spot on; and outstanding; A Big stand out for me was Aran MacRae who landed himself the lead role; We know Aran from Bat Out Of Hell The Musical, where he played a jealous teenager; in this production of RENT he is given his moment to shine with an outstanding vocal performance.
During this performance I forgot I was near Hemel Hempstead, and thought you were really there in the setting New York City; this is how amazing the performance really is!
Oh and Its very emotional; if you cry at sad things, then you'll cry your heart out at this; I had a cast member at one point stood next to me towards the end of the first half; and her voice was stunning.
This show has been extended and if you are in the area; or can get to there, I would strongly recommend seeing it; as its incredible and I was so grateful to see Aran play the lead.
After the show; being all emotional, we were stood outside in the bar area; where I was trying to compose myself; that didn't help with the choice of music that was played afterwards... As it added to my tears; however one of the cast members who we were chatting too, could see that I was emotional and asked what we thought of it, and I simply replied with "Loved It, Emotional wreak" over here right now; and got a massive hug of this lovely female cast member who, I later after putting an appeal out on twitter to thank this person, found out it was a french lady called Eva Solange Bortalis (click to see her twitter).
The whole cast were outstanding; and loved every minute of it; thank you to the cast for a lovely evening out; and thank you to my friends who came along to see it too!