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Barrack Room Ballads (Susan Elkin reviews)

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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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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