Bat Out of Hell Sing-along, Dominion Theatre

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Bat Out of Hell | Sing-along
Dominion Theatre
Reviewed on Tuesday 28th August 2018 by Olivia Mitchell 

I'm going to start this post by saying it's not really going to be a review but more of a babbling-praise-fest for the amazing team at Bat Out of Hell and the fantastic sense of community they have created over their various runs.

It's no secret that I wasn't the biggest Bat fan when I first saw it at the Coliseum, but since then, something has changed and I just can't get enough of the show.  Sure, the story is lacking but the performances and intricacies of every element just make it a complete extravaganza for all the senses and you can't help but feel energised and elated every time you see it. I certainly don't think the show is everyone's cup of tea, but if you go into it ready to be shocked, wowed and dazzled, then there's not much that can go wrong. 

I've raved about them on twitter and praised them vastly in my previous posts about the show, but last night's sing-along just brought to light again, the incredible talents of the entire Bat cast. Whilst not everyone in the audience was singing along (the lady next to us told us to stop, so we just sang LOUDER) those that were, were giving it their all just like the cast do every night (minus all the dancing, quick changes and acting they do on top). My friends and I were going pretty full out in our sing-along "performances" but were giving no where near the energy and precision the cast provide night after night and we were still exhausted. This just highlights further the immense talent and stamina of the cast who perform night after night, giving it 150%; I truly believe you'd be hard-pressed to find a more well-rounded, powerful cast in the West End. 

The sing-along itself was a wonderful thing to be a part of; I've been trying (and failing) to be a bit subtle about my adoration for Bat but last night I fully embraced the love and fangirling. With a small screen above the stage and a couple of others dotted round the theatre displaying lyrics, it was clearly shown which songs the audience were invited to sing along to. Much of the audience seemed to come out of their shells and start belting for their lives in Act 2, with Objects In The Rearview Mirror and I Would Do Anything For Love being clear audience/fan favourites. The microphones being turned up also meant that none of the cast's vocals were missed and we were still able to bask in the beauty of their voices. These sing-along performances not only give fans a chance to live their best lives, singing along whilst hearing their favourite songs live, but also puts the message out clearly that the normal shows are not for people to sing at. When you pay for a ticket to the theatre, you want to hear the performers sing, not someone next to you, so these special performances provide the perfect outlet and are a happy medium for everyone.

The Bat community are a wonderful family, that's for sure. I have only recently gotten into the show but have been welcomed in with open arms and have experienced the kindness and generosity of the fans several times already. The fans support not only the cast and show itself, but each other. A number of people at the singalong had met through the show and bonded over their love for it, so to see and hear them celebrate that was truly magical to be a part of. I expect the future singalongs and the upcoming last show of Patrick Sullivan and Andrew Polec will continue to highlight the fantastically dedicated community and show how music and theatre can really bring people together.

I'm aware this post really has very little content and is just me putting my post-show Bat thoughts out into the world but I felt I had to write something because the sing-along has made me feel so energised, inspired and content. The generosity of the cast with both their talent and time is fantastically motivational to see. I personally find stage-dooring very awkward but find myself drawn to it at Bat, purely to gush at the cast about how amazing they are. Despite having been rehearsing all day, performing a show a preparing for a double show day, the cast members who came out were so gracious and giving of their time. It's been discussed many times before that casts don't owe coming out and chatting/signing to any audience members, but it is great when a cast so clearly appreciate the people who support them and their show.

If you get the chance to see a normal show or a sing-along, you should grab it with open arms. If you haven't seen Bat Out of Hell before, go into it with an open mind and I am sure you'll leave feeling elated. If you have seen it before, then you know what to expect and can just relish in the pure spectacle of it all! 

Shoutout to the cast and crew at BOOH for bringing this sing-along to life and also to the producers who have stepped up the game continually with this show by trying new things and always finding ways to include and give back to those who support the show. 

I am a mixture of larynx pain and adrenaline but couldn't be happier to have been a part of this exhilarating and special show... can I say I've played Raven now I've belted out It's All Coming Back to Me Now at the Dominion!?

Further Bat Out of Hell sing-along performances are taking place on September 25th, October 31st, November 27th and December 31st and the show is booking until January 5th.


  1. I just love this show and it sounds like it moved up a level last night! Unfortunately couldn't make it but am going on Saturday for Andrew's last performance and I just know I'll cry!

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  5. which is no joking matter since awful vocal propensities get engrained in muscle memory and are extremely difficult to forget.