Hey guys! So first off, ‘Amelia in Hull turns 3 years old today! Thank you for all your support over the last 3 years I’m so thankful for all of you and for this blog! So last weekend, I was lucky enough to watch the musical ‘We will rock you’ at Hull New Theatre and it was so amazing! I think it’s really cool that we are starting to get musicals like this one coming to Hull so we can easily access quality performances like this so. The music from this show all comes from the iconic rock group Queen and they link into the storyline of it which follows a group of bohemians. They are living in a time where everyone dresses, acts and thinks the same and live music and composition of music is firmly a thing of the past. The bohemians however stand as the last resistance against this regime and they want the freedom to express themselves and be individual. I really enjoyed watching it and I would love to see it again! So in today’s post, I’m going to be describing the plotline of ‘We will you rock you’ and the overall performance of it.
PLOT OF ‘WE WILL ROCK YOU’
The story is set in a futuristic society where Earth has been renamed the iPlanet and mainstream commercial conformity rules. It’s ruled by the Globasoft Cooperation. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes, listens to the same computer generated music and holds the same thoughts and opinions. Musical instruments are forbidden and rock music is unknown.
Image link here
In the latest graduating class, there are two anomalies: Galileo, who dreams and hears strange words in his head which are the lyrics of lost songs, and Scaramouche, who is openly mocked and ridiculed by her peers for the way she is. Both are captured by Khashoggi, commander of Globalsoft’s police. They wake up in hospital together and realise they are both different from the others in their society so they are one in the same. They flee from the hospital together.
Image link here
Killer Queen is the ruler of the iPlanet and she has heard a prophecy that instruments have been hidden somewhere on the planet ‘in the place of living rock’ and a ‘bright star’ will lead people to them. She orders Khashoggi to destroy all potential instruments and crush the bohemians who believe in the prophecy. He complies and when he can’t find any instruments, she decides the prophecy won’t be fulfilled.
On the streets, we are introduced to two bohemians, Britney and Meat, who are scavenging for materials so they can craft instruments. Britney firmly believes in the Dreamer who will fulfill the prophecy and tries convince a sceptical Meat that it’s the only way to reintroduce real music to the world. They hear footsteps and scramble to conceal themselves. Galileo and Scaramouche enter with Galileo talking about how he believes he has a destiny. He reveals the name he dreamt for her (Scaramouche) which she begrudgingly takes when she hears the alternatives.
They’re ambushed by Britney and Meat who accuse them of being spies because Galileo keeps mentioning words from the sacred text. Britney tests him by singing the first few lines of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and when he responds correctly, he realises he’s the Dreamer. They lead Galileo and Scaramouche to the Heartbreak Hotel, the headquarters of the rebels. The rebels explain that they take their names from singers long ago and mourn the deaths of those who die young. They then begin to celebrate the reasons rock musicians began playing in the first place which was for love. The celebrations are cut short by Khashoggi and his police force who round up the bohemians for capture. Britney breaks free and fights the police so Galileo and Scaramouche can escape but forfeits his life as a result.
Upon escaping, Galileo and Scaramouche realise that tracking devices were installed in their heads when they were initially captured and put in hospital, hence how Khashoggi found the Heartbreak hotel. They swiftly remove them, then as they remember they’re all that’s left of the rebellion, they confess their love for each other. Meanwhile, the surviving bohemians are rounded up by Khashoggi to be tortured for information. He brain drains them when they fail to give him any information on the prophecy.
Galileo walks up and informs Scaramouche of a dream where the bohemians were sent to the Seven Seas of Rhye. She agrees they must go there but Galileo refuses to let her go because she’s a ‘chick’. An argument ensues where they ultimately agree to both go but their relationship will remain purely professional. Back at Globalsoft, Killer Queen is elated to hear that the bohemians have been captured. However, her excitement fades as she is informed that Galileo and Scaramouche escaped and she brain drains Khashoggi for letting her down one too many times.
At the Seven Seas of Rhye pub, Pop the librarian is serving drinks to lifeless bohemians. He explains the full nature of the prophecy to Galileo and Scaramouche which had been marked by the 3 remaining members of Queen before they’d been sentenced to death. Scaramouche deduces that the shining star of the prophecy is Freddie Mercury’s statue which points to Wembley Stadium, the ‘place of living rock’. They rush to travel there by motorbike.
Wembley Stadium is standing neglected in ruins with no instruments to be found. This all changes when Scaramouche and Galileo rekindle their love and an electric guitar appears as he’s inspired to sing the opening of ‘We will rock you’. They play together as Pop hacks into Globalsoft’s network so everyone can hear their music as it’s livestreamed. Killer Queen is defeated and rock has been reborn.
I really enjoyed the performance and I found all the references to pop culture really funny. I hope we never get to a society like that where everyone is expected to be exactly the same and anyone who doesn’t conform is seen as a threat. I think it’s important to have a varied music taste and not just listen to music that’s in the charts right now. There was some incredible music created in the past like Queen’s music and we have a responsibility to introduce generations after ourselves to it. The vocals in this musical were amazing as were the sets and the dancing. Overall, I loved the musical and I’d love to see it again.
Thank you for reading! What’s your favourite musical? Let me know in the comments! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull