Billy Elliot LIVE at Odyssey Cinemas

IMG_1117.JPGAfter our night of live theatre in the cinema a few weeks ago to see A Streetcar Named Desire, and it being such an amazing experience, we decided to check out the Odyssey Arts programme and booked in to see Billy Elliot Live from London.

I saw the movie so long ago that I can’t even remember if I enjoyed it, and to be honest I wasn’t that fussed on going to see it after two days selling at my stall at St George’s Market. But it was the best decision I’ve made in a while. One word would sum up why…the Billy Elliot musical was ASTOUNDING!

Broadcast live around the world on Sunday 28th September, Billy Elliot is the story of a young lad who discovers a natural talent for ballet. Billy’s mum has passed away and he is being brought up by his dad, older brother and gran.

Elliot Hanna plays the role of Billy in this live performance from London, and the talent oozing out of this kid is phenomenal. Watch out for his name in future because this kid should go far!

With the Broadway star Ruthie Henshall and the wonderful Ann Emery, this live performance was emotional, passionate, astounding and completely took me by surprise.

It’s a rare occasion when I’ve been brought to tears in the theatre or the cinema, but this live show at the Odyssey just got me. Completely and utterly broke me down!


The passion on stage was unreal. The father struggling to accept the path his son is so clearly destined for. The mother who has died but remains a huge part of the storyline and her heart breaking letter to Billy.
The songs by Elton John and the lyrics saying, so what if you want to learn ballet, be who you are, be you.

What the hell is wrong with expressing yourself
For wanting to be me?

What a great message!

The only thing missing was a standing ovation from the cinema audience. Maybe we aren’t completely ready to express ourselves entirely for who we are. But if we had followed in Billy’s inspirational footsteps, audiences across the world watching this special LIVE performance should’ve been on their feet. I’m certainly hoping that did indeed happen as it was well deserved!

by Jeff Meredith

Check out the Odyssey Arts programme


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