Barrack Room Ballads was performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at the National Army Museum, London.
Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩
It’s an unlikely proposition – a musical version of a set of poems by (deeply unfashionable) Rudyard Kipling performed by 34 teenagers with a seven-piece live band in a tiny space not really designed for theatre. But it comes off in spades.
Timed to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War, this 60-minute show is as moving as it is slickly directed by Conor Mitchell who also composed it, with strong rhythmic choreography by Richard Chappell.
We open with a rallying, slightly defensive speech by Kipling himself …
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