The Drifters Girl is a smash-hit production that is currently heading across the UK after a successful run in the West End. The Drifters Girl unravels the remarkable story of the woman who made the band, exposing the highs but also the almighty lows of their journey. It’s an interesting glimpse into one of the most unique but lesser known stories from the music industry.
The Drifters Girl tells the story of Faye Treadwell’s journey. When her husband George died in 1967, she brought out all of the partners and became the group’s manager. This show portrays what was like to be a female in the music industry at that time, but more importantly as an African-American woman. The ambition, determination, drive, and desire to fulfill her dreams shines in this story along with Carly Mercedes Dyer strong performance as Faye Treadwell.
The group themselves went through a lot of alterations and this is brilliantly portrayed by the individuals who bring The Drifters to life. Ashford Campbell, Daniel Haswell, Miles Anthony Daley, and Tarik Frimpong have an huge task of ensuring the audience can keep up with the pace at which change takes place within the group. They all transition between different characters and they succeeded at this with comedy and skill.
The story is told through the eyes of Faye reflecting on her journey alongside her daughter, played by Jaydah Bell-Ricketts and is well supported by the songs which create an unforgettable theatrical experience.
There is no doubt that The Drifters Girl comes armed with a fascinating story that will inspire and take you on an almighty rollercoaster of emotions. A powerful piece of theatre which enhances the story of a woman.
Showing at Bristol Hippodrome until 13th January
Tickets from £13
PS – These smaller shows focussing on musical artists have been in my humble opinion, absolutely magnificent and worth trying out, rather than only just the well known musicals – you might just find your new favourite show.