by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63
Blue Man Group at The ICC, Birmingham
When #BrumHour arranged for me to see the first night of Blue Man Group, at Hall 1 of the ICC (Right next to Symphony Hall, Birmingham), I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to see.
A music concert? A stage show with music? Or was it something else? Having seen this phenomenon I still can’t answer. Blue Man Group is like nothing else I have ever seen. I doubt there is anything even close to compare them to.
The show is very musical, but it also has a huge amount of comedy, plumbing, audience participation, jelly, technology, science, paint and ponchos! The first three rows of the audience were clad in waterproof ponchos.
Seeing three bald, Blue men live, banging paint covered drums may sound less interesting than it actually was. The show is a spectacularly entertaining, very clever and decidedly unique experience, jam packed full or energy and illusion. That’s the real magic of this, it’s not just a show, it’s a fully immersive experience and it’s wonderful.
At 90 minutes long, with no interval this fantastic evening is possibly the most memorable night out I have ever had! Perfect family entertainment, the show has no dialogue from the three blue men who seem to vanish and reappear as if by magic.
So what exactly do you get for your money apart from blue men, drums and paint? Live music from the band who are on stage throughout, but almost invisible. illusions involving 7 foot tall phones, which was very clever as well as funny. Lots of comedy with impeccable timing. A fantastic light show, some puppetry and a finale involving giant bouncy balls which bounce over the heads of the audience. That still sounds much less exciting than it actually was.
The Blue Men who make up a small part of Blue Man Group are said to represent “the part of you that wants to play” and are human, I saw something in them that maybe I wasn’t supposed to. As well as the innocence of childhood I found moments, when they reminded me ever so slightly of Mork from Mork & Mindy trying to make sense of all things human.
The evening began with the Blue Men creating some artwork right in front of our eyes, genuine art with paint and canvas, but with a Blue Man twist. It ended with a spray of streamers and all 16 members of Blue Man Group on stage and that feeling you had when you was at your best friends birthday party, age 5.
Blue Man Group is at The ICC, Hall 1 until Saturday 6th January. Book tickets via Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham website here: thsh.co.uk/event/blue-man-group
Tickets were kindly provided by Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham for Blue Man Group. Julie and her plus one felt like VIP’s. This isn’t a sponsored post and these are Julie’s honestly held views.