Take the glitz & glam dial and turn it up to max. Soul Sister is the sequin studded story of Tina Turner and her rise to fame. We see her from her humble beginnings as a timid teenager singing songs that she learnt in church. As her career takes off, so does her turbulent relationship with co-star Ike.
Tina Turner’s story is unmistakably tied up with the domestic violence by her husband. The show does a good job of capturing the mood of the relationship both before and after Ike turns to alcohol and drugs. We see the charming young man who no one can resist before his greed and selfishness start to grow with the couple’s success.
Fans will not be disappointed as Emi Wokoma does a great imitation of Tina Turner. The audience are given exactly what they want, with some of Tina’s classic hits including: River Deep, Mountain High, What’s Love Gotta Do With It and The Best. She is accompanied on stage by a full band, giving the show an incredible live music feel. The audience is encouraged to get involved and sing and dance along; the band clearly loves the energy and excitement coming from the crowd.
The set mainly consists of comic strip style images projected onto the backdrop. This allows the couple to be transported all over the world from dingy back-room clubs to their extravagant house. Unfortunately the use of text and animation with these images is often distracting to what is actually going on onstage. However, this is easy to overlook given the competence of the performances.
The show delivers everything that it sets out to do. It’s full of flashy outfits and fancy dance moves. Emi Wokoma is a talented Tina Turner full of energy and bound to have everyone on their feet by the end of the night.
- Soul Sister is showing at the Wyvern Theatre Mon 28 Jan – Sat 2 Feb