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Sing-along Hairspray (PG)

Saturday 1 7.00pmJuly


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Sing-along Hairspray (PG)


Hairspray cast

To celebrate IOW Pride later in July, we’re showing the fabulous 2007 musical “Hairspray”. And we mean celebrate… If you want a sing-along feel-good musical, with the hugely appropriate theme of accepting people as they are, look no further!

Tickets are £7 each including popcorn and a soft drink. Book early as we only have 40 seats! Call Judith on 875738 or email [email protected] to reserve your places. Doors open at 7.00pm for popcorn and drinks, and the film starts at 7.30pm prompt.

Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad as she pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation. It’s a non-stop feast for the eyes and the soul which will have you up dancing in the aisles. If you’d like to sing along, please do…we’ll put the lyrics up! The film stars Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron and Christopher Walken.

A combustible mix of sassy humour and brassy showtunes makes Hairspray one of the hottest musicals to come along in years…Director Adam Shankman is gifted with great source material in the form of John Waters’ 1988 cult film, plus award-winning musical numbers from the Broadway production. And as chubby dance freak Tracy Turnblad, newcomer Nikki Blonsky simply bursts at the seams with charm. *****BBC

“Hairspray is a poptastic slice of sunny euphoria” The Telegraph

“Many have speculated about whether and how Hairspray counts as a “gay” movie. Of course, there’s the John Waters provenance, the drag lead character (originated by Divine and played on Broadway by Harvey Fierstein), and the inherent campiness of movie musicals. But the most profound connection lies in its message of acceptance: Hairspray celebrates forbidden love in the face of “a never-ending parade of stupid.” John Corvino

“As for that racial integration storyline, it is laudable and worthy, but the real theme has been denied and displaced. The unacknowledged subject of Hairspray is sexual, not racial anxiety. Women with non-size-zero bodies very probably did feel excluded from pop culture happiness, then as now, but I suspect that what John Waters (director of the original film) had uppermost in his mind was the secret of gay identity and gay feelings inside the teenagers of 1960s Baltimore – the time and place of his own early years. None of the characters in this campy film is gay; or, to put it another way, they all are.” The Guardian