I am writing in this in the car on my way home from seeing Six The Musical in Edinburgh, and I have some things to say about it.
Full disclosure: this was not gifted and it’s not affiliated with Six at all. I just loved it an insane amount and want to dabble in different kind of posts; this show made me feel a lot of things and i’ve never written about theatre before so i thought i’d give it a go.
I love going to the theatre and I love musicals; I find that it’s like reading a book in reality. Movies don’t give me the same thrill because seeing real people acting it out in front of you is much better, I think.
It makes you interested in history
I studied history in school but other than the Suffragettes, I didn’t have much interest in it. The only thing I remember learning about Henry VIII was the song.
“Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.”
Now, I want to learn as much as I can about the women that made him infinitely more famous than he would have been otherwise. I want to know everything about their lives and how they ended up with Henry.
I found it interesting to see how it all fit together based on what i already knew. I remember learning about Elizabeth I in school, but had no idea Anne Boleyn was her mother! And then Catherine Howard is Anne Boleyn’s cousin…Keeping it in the family, i guess.
Now, I find myself reading about random points in history and finding it fascinating. Seeing Six has awoken something in me – a strong interest in the parts of history that aren’t extremely well known.
It teaches young women to support each other rather than compete
Without giving too much away, the show starts off as a competition between the queens and ends with them realising it’s pointless and supporting each other is better.
I think it’s the perfect message to be giving out in todays social situation. Even i struggle with seeing Instagram as a competition and have to remind myself that there’s enough room for all of us to thrive.
The way each of the queens overcomes the sense of competition and they all come together was really heartwarming to watch. Why did they have to argue and compete on who had it worse, when they could raise each other up instead?
It’s a message we need to start applying to our everyday lives. Women compete in almost every aspect of life and it’s often encouraged; you should beat everybody else to become the best.
We should be helping other women achieve their dreams and climb to the top of the metaphorical career/life ladder. There’s enough room for more than one woman at the top!
You learn about a famous historical event from a different point of view
Everybody knows the story about the six wives. Everyone knows the rhyme, everyone knows Anne Boleyn, and that’s the extent of general knowledge about Henry VIII and his wives and their lives.
It fascinated me more because it was a very famous event in history told from a completely different perspective. I now know all the queens names, their story with Henry, and how they died. I’m quite impressed with myself, although this should be the norm.
You don’t feel like you’re learning when you listen to the album or go to see the show, but you end up retaining so much information. Knowing all the lyrics to the songs is enough to make you feel like a history wizard when someone brings up Henry VIII and you suddenly know so much.
I think that’s the best way to learn – without even realising it! Learning in a classroom is pretty dull. Give me the theatre any day.
Girl power, innit
I left the theatre feeling so empowered and like a proper bad bitch even though i was not in the musical and did not marry Henry VIII then swear him off and rewrite my own story.
It was just seeing an all-female cast and band, all incredible singers and actors and musicians and dancers…it’s incredibly inspiring and listening to the soundtrack now makes me feel the same way. Like a proper girl boss.
It was like being at a big girl power party. The audience went crazy at the end of each song, people were singing along, the dancing was so much fun to watch. Generally just an amazing time that will leave you feeling like the best version of yourself, somehow.
The soundtrack is 10/10
It’s one of those soundtracks where every song is a banger, which i find is quite rare. I’m more than happy to just sit and listen to it on repeat all evening and i haven’t gotten sick of it yet.
I actually first heard of Six on Tik Tok. Lol. I should be ashamed of that, really. I really liked one of the songs that kept popping up so i decided to check it out on Spotify. Subsequently, i found the album, listened to it, and fell in love.
Listening to the songs live is a whole new kind of magic! The cast i saw had the most insane voices, as do the studio cast on the recorded album. I would imagine every cast is just as amazing. And then they dance while doing it too? It’s insane!
So there we go, my first post ever about theatre! I’m surprised haven’t ever considered writing about it before, but i guess Six inspired me enough to step out of my blogging comfort zone.
I reckon i could go and see the musical all the time and never be sick of it. I’m already planning on seeing it when we’re in London later on this year. I can’t get enough!