THIS IS A REAL THING
a thing of beauty. i really need the soundtrack which i should have bought when i went to see it but i might go and buy it from them.
okay so Bend it Like Beckham is a 2002 movie starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. it’s a British comedy about this South Asian girl (she is Sikh) who wants to play football and joins a women’s team but her parents are strict etc and it’s about her trying to live her life but also obey her parents so the mix of British culture with Asian culture and multiple identities etc. Also there’s a lot about David Beckham because that was when he was super famous.
so when i found out it was a musical i immediately wanted to see it because BROWN PEOPLE ON STAGE…AMAZING.
some advice when booking theatre tickets: ALWAYS TRY AND GET THE STALLS seats coz they are the best seats. i managed to get some really good seats so we had a perfect view and thankfully no one tall sat in front of us.
so i BOOK YOUR TICKETS ASAP for the day after my last exam so it was a celebration of THE END OF UNIVERSITY FOR ME and just a lovely night out with my mum.
ALSO JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER IS IN IT!!! HE PLAYS JOE THE FOOTBALL COACH!!! 🙀😻
it is also directed by Gurinder Chadha aka the same woman who directed the movie!!!
so it’s at the Phoenix Theatre near Tottenham Court Road station and i took the back way and so we passed the stage door and i noticed JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER standing outside smoking and i said it my mum:
me: ‘OH MY GOD THAT IS JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER!’
me: he plays joe in the play! he’s an actor!
mum: go say hi.
me: no i dunno what to say…..
mum: just go say hi and take a photo
me: okay then
BUT WHEN I WENT TO SAY HI HE WENT BACK INSIDE!
i was totally fangirling since he was Jace in TMI and also he’s kinda cute
Anyways then the show started and we were swept into the world of 2001 Southhall (West London) and just wow it was incredible. The singing, dancing, acting everything was just wonderfully brilliant. the truth is..i haven’t actually been to Southall (yet) but i live in an area of London that is FULL of South Asians and many other people since it’s a really diverse and ‘multicultural’ area so i can totally imagine it! it was so refreshing to see such diversity ON STAGE in all sorts of clothes all singing and dancing.
the set was stunning…they managed to capture the beauty of the high street and the typical desi home as well as the park and football pitch.
EVERYTHING was just on point…even the lyrics to the songs and IT WAS JUST SO FUNNY!!! My mum and I were seriously lolling in our seats
The acting…the girl who plays Jess Natalie Dew she’s so cute and what a great actress!
And omg her sister was just insane
And her GBF was perf
And the football team…their musical skill combined with football skill and just choreography was brilliant. her parents and family and just AHHH I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!
And Jamie Campbell Bower was also really good. it was really funny coz at the end they were all doing this desi dance and seeing him do that was hilarious.
my fave thing was that i saw someone wearing hijab on stage…like…wow…TALK ABOUT REPRESENTATION!!!
i had to give them a standing ovation it was just so wonderful. it’s actually better than the film because DANCING AND SINGING!!!
Seriously I highly recommend going to see this if you can!
Also we met the director after and told her what a spectacular show it was and she was really happy. 10/10 would see again.
The programme is only £4 which is really cheap so defo get that!
although there is no scene where she plays football in a saree…
I tried to meet Jamie Campbell bower by the stage door but he ran off to have a cigarette lol. Oh well, at least i saw him.
I leave you with this wonderful quote from the movie which of course they kept in the musical
Since i’m done with University *gasp* ikr well i will hopefully be updating my blog now…gotta tell you all about the books i’ve read, things i’ve baked and movies i’ve seen. but for now…
check out juwibakes for my baking pics
till the next time
p.s i’m not even desi since i’m actually South African Indian
pp.s it was nice to see a theatre with lots of asian people though