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Should we see Billy Elliott, the Musical?

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mumonthenet Wed 12-Jan-11 22:53:33

Never seen it or the film, but wondering whether to go next time we're in London.

Any good for young teens?

Cyb Wed 12-Jan-11 22:55:14

yes its great- but fill them in on the whole miners strike thing before you go

It really is good smile

AgentProvocateur Wed 12-Jan-11 22:59:36

We went to London just after Christmas to see it with the DC. I had forgotten how politicised the film was, and I wish I'd told them about the miners and Maggie before we saw it, rather than after. I'd thoroughly recommend it. The teenagers were captivated.

louvert Wed 12-Jan-11 23:00:02

A very hearty Yes from me too - it's superb!

mumonthenet Wed 12-Jan-11 23:01:47

Blimey, I had no idea that the miners' strike was part of the plot.

Gawd, will go and do my research on the background story.

Thanks sounds like it might be the right thing.

Good music? good dancing?

BrigitBigKnickers Wed 12-Jan-11 23:02:03

The most brilliant, totally, fab thing I have ever seen on the stage. The music and dancing is just wonderful and it's really funny too

I took an 11 and 13 year old last year and they both loved it.

I would fill them in on all the history of the minors strike though as it will make more sense to them.

Just be warned there is quite a bit of swearing in it (but probably nothing worse than they hear in the playgound grin.)

Popbiscuit Wed 12-Jan-11 23:09:45

Oh goody! Someone gave us tickets for Christmas ( in Toronto).

mumonthenet Wed 12-Jan-11 23:11:59

Great, thanks - sounds like the right choice then.

Next Christmas Pop? Enjoy it!

bibbitybobbityhat Wed 12-Jan-11 23:12:41

It is very very very sweary, so if your young teens aren't used to hearing/seeing that in your company then that might be a bit cringeworthy for them.

mumonthenet Wed 12-Jan-11 23:26:25

Thanks bibbity, well they're not that young in fact. But maybe I'll throw in a lecture beforehand that they mustn't listen to the swearwords, and if they do, they mustn't think that they are allowed to repeat them.

(Though probably yes, they hear much worse on the telly and at school)

Cyb Thu 13-Jan-11 13:17:39

I would go and see it again at the drop of a hat

The boys dancing was soo amazing, made me quite teary

mumonthenet Thu 13-Jan-11 23:34:48

Have booked tickets grin

...on the strength of your advice, you lot!

KittyFoyle Thu 13-Jan-11 23:39:09

Yes because my friend is in it - he plays Billy's dad. Enjoy!

mumonthenet Thu 13-Jan-11 23:46:21

I'm impressed Kitty. I'll wave at him for ya! We're sitting two rows from the stage!

KittyFoyle Thu 13-Jan-11 23:52:57

Elton John gave him a hug the other day - he's never met him although he's been in the show for 2 years. He was so excited he had to ring his mum immediately. Sweet. Hope you have a great time.

mumonthenet Thu 13-Jan-11 23:56:18


AgentProvocateur Fri 14-Jan-11 08:18:38

Kitty, he was brilliant! You must be proud of him.

KittyFoyle Fri 14-Jan-11 11:04:59

I am - yes - and thanks I'll tell him what you said. You know how insecure actors are - every word of praise counts!! grin

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