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REVIEW: Get Up, Stand Up! on the Lyric Theatre



The legend of Bob Marley’s world music standing has continued to develop since his early demise at simply 36 from most cancers in 1981 and if ever an artiste had earned a theatrical music jukebox present it’s absolutely him. However Rise up, Get up is rather more than a celebration of his music and though staged in a live performance format they don’t draw back from his again story and the political and cultural context of his music. After which merely and successfully remind us that though there was progress and integration there may be nonetheless extra to do on equality, variety, and illustration of the communities he championed. The usage of photographs and headlines all through on-screen and on-stage props supplies perception into his world.

The present centres inevitably on the central performances of Michael Duke as Bob Marley and Gabrielle Brooks as his long-suffering spouse Rita. Their relationship is on the coronary heart of the present from their first assembly within the mid-sixties to his remaining live performance in 1980 and explores how their marriage was examined by his lengthy relationship with Miss Jamaica, later Miss World, Cindy Breakspheare performed by Shanay Holmes. Collectively Rita and Bob delightfully ship “Is that this love” (1978). As his dreadlocks develop so his music develops resulting in climatic conclusions of every act. Act 1 ends with “I shot the sheriff” (1973) and “Jamming” (1977) songs that had world attain transcending his cultural roots and main him to be accused of promoting out. Act 2 ends with “One love” (1977, launched as a single in 1984) and “Rise up, Get up” (1973), the final tune he performed reside, with their emotional messages of the ability of affection and the necessity to rise up on your rights and equality. In between, we get the show-stopping “No girl, no cry” (1975) sung powerfully and emotionally by Rita. Simply as when these songs have been first launched the rhythmic music and powerful vocals join with the viewers and produce waves of deserved applause. It have to be hoped that the brand new forged can maintain this high quality.

There may be wonderful help from Natey Jones and Jacade Simpson as the unique Wailers band members Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer and Henry Fabre as Chris Blackwell the founding father of Island Data whose speculative advance set them on the street to world fame. Maxwell Cole performed little Bob on the evening I went with an vitality and appeal that delightfully saved reminding us of his dysfunctional household and the poverty of his beginnings as his world stardom grew.

After all, the wealthy sound of the reggae music is crucial to the present and the band have been wonderful together with the addition of a small brass part and a powerful baseline vibration by the auditorium so you would actually really feel the music. The cultural background was by no means far-off within the storytelling with political and racial tensions at all times underpinning the narrative. His look on the Smile Jamacia 1976 live performance, after an assassination try, and on the Pittsburgh Live performance in 1980 whereas critically in poor health emphasised his dedication to alter by his music and utilizing his world enchantment to good impact. The highly effective “Redemption tune” (1980) regarded by many as his best tune and described as probably the most influential recording in Jamaican music historical past with its lyric “none however ourselves can free our minds” stays as highly effective and transferring right now as when it was written. An anthem and a permanent legacy that underpins his legendary standing.


It is a great present setting out Bob Marley’s life story and reflecting the cultural background of racial pressure, medicine, violence, and politics however displaying how he grew right into a World Icon with a musical type that broke down boundaries and prolonged throughout cultures. Go hear his story and by the top, you’re positive to stand up, rise up in his honour.


Evaluate by Nick Wayne 


Score: ★★★★

Seat: Stalls, Row Okay | Value of Ticket: £99.50

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