In a wonderful and slightly bizarre turn of events, Sam and I recently managed to see Bat Out of Hell, very last minute. An old friend from university had two free tickets to a matinee performance in London and we happened to be in the city without any plans that afternoon. So, of course, we jumped at the chance to go!
I didn’t really know much about the show beforehand and so wasn’t really sure what to expect from the musical but now I keep finding myself singing along to the songs almost absentmindedly. Yesterday, I even found myself looking up tickets to go and see it again.
The show itself is brilliantly bonkers. From the very first moments, it is fast paced and high energy. Amazingly, the cast are able to carry that same energy through to the final minutes of the show. I have no idea how but it was truly infectious and helped me to get completely swept up in Bat Out of Hell. Considering the fact that it is slightly crazy, the energy really helped me to immerse myself in it and suspend my disbelief about something of the weirder plot points.
The music, as you may have guessed, comes from Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell album and is woven into a new story about star-crossed love in an post-apocalyptic world.
It follows Raven, daughter of the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian, and Strat, leader of a gang known as the Lost who live beneath the city. The Lost are all genetically frozen, and will remain 18 forever, for reasons unknown. And yet the two teenagers from astoundingly different walks of life fall in love and have to deal with the consequences. The music fits brilliantly into the plot to create a seamless production about living, and loving, boldly.
For all its intensity and high energy, Bat Out of Hell did have some tender and emotional moments that balanced out the rock and roll segments beautifully. It was a roller coaster performance, but one that had me dancing in my seat, even as the curtain fell for the final time.