Whilst there was only a small ensemble cast of four members, it was evident that they deserved their place on the stage. With the helping hand of Tom Jackson Greaves direction and choreography, they played a vital part in the storytelling and had such high energy throughout the entire performance that it was difficult to take my eyes off them. Iz Hesketh who plays Phythio has such stage presence which completely entrances you as they play the part of the oracle figure. Jenny O’Leary plays Pamela, the beautiful older sister whose family wishes for her to seek a suitor. I particularly loved this casting since Jenny is a plus sized actress, and it felt so refreshing to see an alternative body type play this kind of role. Jenny radiated beauty whenever she stood on the stage, with incredible vocals and a hilarious and slightly psychotic character which easily made her the standout performer for me.
West End favourites Luke Bayer and Maiya Quansah Breed were also incredible in their performances. Luke is so naturally talented at what he does and has such a likeable personality which he radiates into the character he plays. Maiya is an incredible vocalist, and her gentle and playful nature suits the role that she plays – the young lovestruck girl who wishes to marry the shepherd and go against her father’s wishes.
‘Head Over Heels’ is a jukebox musical comedy which takes us on a journey of understanding the importance of acceptance and allowing people to be their most authentic self. It packs a punch full of punk edginess, campness and high energy choreography that gives a fun escape at the theatre.