I recently went to see Wicked the musical in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre along the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. I got the tickets as a surprise birthday gift for my Mam. We had such a lovely time that I felt I couldn’t not write about it and share our experience with you.
My Mam had been hoping to see Wicked since we heard it was going to be on in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. I didn’t know a whole lot about it but I was pretty excited to see it too. We headed into town a little early to enjoy our time at the theatre before the show started. We took some photographs of each other outside the theatre and of the theatre itself and the surrounding buildings. Then we got our tickets scanned and headed inside. We purchased a programme and then headed over to the bar to have a drink. It was so lovely to have some time to relax before the show and be in the company of so many other excited families, couples and friends.
The staff were all lovely and willing to help us to our seats when we weren’t sure where our seats where. One of the first things I noticed was how fantastic the stage looked and this was even before the curtain came up. I took a photograph of it which I will share with you below but it honestly doesn’t do it justice. I’m guessing that the map could’ve been projected onto the curtain but I could be wrong. It was so detailed. There was a dragon built on the top of the stage. I certainly appreciated the amount of work that went into the creating such a fabulous stage even before the actors and actresses came on stage.
The cast were fabulous singers, honestly I cannot begin to describe how talented they were. Their costumes were brilliant and colourful and the props were great. The dances were in time and you could hear a pin drop in the audience, everyone was so engaged in the performance.
At the beginning I wasn’t sure how I felt about the storyline. It seemed like Elphaba and Glinda were just having little arguments with one another but I forced myself not to be too rash about my decision and judge it too quickly and honestly I was really pleasantly surprised. As the show continued I became quite engrossed in it and really enjoyed it. I became invested in the characters and their lives and all the decisions they were making. At some parts of it I even felt a little emotional. There is way more to the plot than two young ladies and their differences. It’s full of friendship, love, love triangles , deception, morality and distinguishing between what is right and wrong and that’s one of the things I really liked about it. There was so much food for thought throughout the show.
I really loved Elphaba and her personality. I won’t give away too many details because I don’t want to spoil the storyline for you if you aren’t familiar with it and especially if you are planning to go see it yourself soon. What I will say is that I personally felt that Elphaba was such a likeable character, well from an audience member’s point of view anyway!
We got an ice cream at the interval, Ben and Jerrys finest!! The girls sitting beside us chatted to us about the performance and what we had enjoyed about it the most so far.
The costumes were fabulous, especially the matching school uniforms and suitcases. Glinda’s dresses were also very unusual and pretty too.
Below are a couple of photos I took after the show, right before we ran like the wind for our bus home!!
I was delighted that I got to see the show and I’d definitely recommend going to see it!
Have you seen Wicked?