Bournemouth International Centre
Review by Janine Pulford
Hosted by Anita Rani and performed live by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman, Blue Planet II – Live In Concert is an unforgettable night out.
The exciting visuals sweep you along and immerse you into the lives of a whole range of sea creatures.
You will marvel at surfing dolphins, Sally Lightfoot crabs leaping from rock to rock, the beauty above and horror below of the Portuguese man o’ war, the love of a mother walrus cuddling her baby and the drama of sooty terns snapped out of their reveries by giant trevaleys.
The music score by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming evokes serenity, drama, horror and tenderness. Seeing puffins hunted down by Arctic skuas that rob them of their fish just wouldn’t be the same without that Jaws-esque beat. And the choir adds another layer of wonderful sound.
I can’t praise this show enough. It really plunged me into the depths of the ocean, swirled me in surf and lifted me on to ice floes. The children in the audience may have had to turn away at some points, but dazzling ice, tumbling waves and kaleidoscope of colours simply amaze and delight.
Anita Rani introduces each section with interesting facts and looked stunning in her silver grey, full-length dress. Sir David is a hard act to follow and I did miss his narration, but he made an appearance on screen.
The show was over almost before it began which gives a clue as to how absorbing it was and the applause at the end was deafening.
Our ‘blue planet’ is astonishing and the photographers must be applauded for creating such a phenomenal record of how robust nature is, which makes the fragility created by human interference all the more worrying.
This is a must-see concert and Rani said that the Bournemouth audience was the best on this tour (well we were the first).
Touring until 28 March visit www.blueplanet2live.co.uk for details.