Monday, 29 September 2014
a generational pointer from Billy Elliot
Along to see the dynamic special performance of Billy Elliot on Sunday, introduced by the producer Stephen Daldry.
Harder-edged than the movie, it features the stark political climate of 1984-1985 during Thatcher's closure of mining villages.
Set in Easington, there's the theme of the lad inspired to dance, played alongside the prolonged miners' strike, with police from the south sent to control the protests in County Durham.
A superb and energetic cast, driving a spirited musical - the story of nurturing creativity in adverse conditions - with music in this stage version by Elton John.
The writer, Lee Hall, expressed a sentiment scarce from this September's political conferences:
"We owe it to the next generation to create a world where it is possible for the Billy Elliots...to have a chance to succeed and flourish rather than be fed to the machine which grinds us into identical pieces only fit for consumption..."
It may be thirty years since the original story, but it does seem to be another speech point that today's politicians have forgotten.