Hair opens at Welwyn Garden City theatre
PUBLISHED: 20:31 28 September 2011
HIPPIES, free love and peace will all be in abundance in Welwyn Garden City this week.
Meme Productions is staging musical Hair at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, from tonight (Wednesday) to Saturday.
Performed by a professional and talented amateur group, the shows features famous numbers such as Let the Sunshine In, I Got Life and Aquarius.
Based on the hippie culture from the 1960s, it follows a group of free-loving politically active young Americans opposed to the Vietnam War and at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
The original show proved to have a defining influence on the theatre business across the world and changed the concept of the rock musical for good.
Causing a stir at the time, the show was lauded in the late ‘60s for its ground-breaking score, use of controversial subject matter and nudity.
The first act is all about the ‘tribe’ living a Bohemian lifestyle in New York, their questioning of the establishment and the war in Vietnam. Main character Claude is a charismatic member of the tribe who must decide whether to burn his draft card or face up to his duties on the front line.
With roommates Berger and Sheila, the trio and their tribe struggle to balance living in a thriving city, a sexual revolution and rebellion against war, surrounded by conservative relatives.
The second act follows the struggles of Claude and takes the audience on a drug-induced trip through the mind of the troubled young man and the climate of the United States around the Vietnam War.
Tickets for the Campus West show cost £15, and £12 concessions.
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