This isn’t a sponsored post.
BrumHour saw Fisherman’s Friends – The Musical at the invite of The Alexandra.
Please note this post contains affiliate links.
By Eleanor Lawson twitter.com/Elle_Lawson
Review: Fisherman’s Friends – The Musical at The Alexandra
⭐⭐⭐⭐Joyous and haunting with stunning vocals.
Directed by James Grieve, written by Amanda Whittington
During the pandemic, a fascinating wave of videos hit the internet, resurfacing an ancient musical genre – Sea Shanties.
Their unexpected rise to the top of the charts exemplified the sense of community, as the world shut down and people had to lock themselves inside, away from their loved ones.
It was the right genre for the moment – but the Sea Shanty craze had made itself known a decade earlier, when a group of working-class Cornish fishermen found themselves in the top ten with their debut album. The story of Fisherman’s Friends is now well-known across the UK, after the successful film and its sequel, now, it takes to the stage in the form of a joyous, life-affirming musical.
Danny (Jason Langley) is a washed-up former music executive, estranged from the record label he worked for after suffering a massive breakdown. When he travels to Cornwall for a wedding, he has no idea a simple trip to the Cornish coast will change the course of his life.
Estranged in Port Isaac, a sleepy fisherman’s town, cosmopolitan self-assured Danny finds himself butting heads with the residents of the close-knit community, including the owner of the BnB, Alwyn (Parisa Shahmir).
Danny is desperate to escape until he hears a group of fishermen sing, helmed by Jim (James Gaddas) and his father Jago (Robert Duncan) – and he’s transfixed. Suddenly inspired, Danny launches a crusade to win over the fishermen and his former record label, to get the buoy band a record deal.
Of course, it’s not all plain sailing, as he tries to help the local landlord (Dan Buckley) manage the pub’s crippling debt, while also wrestling with his feelings for Alwyn, who just so happens to be Jim’s daughter.
More than anything, Fisherman’s Friends is a celebration of community, which is the reason why so many people fell in love with the band and their story.
The music is by turns joyous and haunting, with stunning vocals that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck.
Set design by Lucy Osborne is also excellent, transforming the theatre into a cosy little fishing town, while also portraying the tempestuous nature of the sea – which underlies the bonds at the heart of the community.
If you like films like Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot, or Pride – stories of close-knit communities battling the odds and coming out on top – then Fisherman’s Friends is definitely the musical for you. Fisherman’s Friends – The Musical is at The Alexandra until 17th September 2022. Book tickets using BrumHour’s affiliate link >> HERE <<.