North East Post
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Graham Clark
Music Features Writer
11:16 AM 5th February 2024

Diversity - Bursting Into Action With Supernova

Photos: Graham Clark
Photos: Graham Clark
Fifteen years have passed since dance troupe Diversity won the television programme Britain’s Got Talent.

Their popularity shows no sign of waning, as witnessed by two sold-out performances at Blackpool’s Opera House, all part of a mammoth sixty-date tour taking in twenty-seven venues.

A tour of this magnitude requires complete fitness. The stamina needed after a physically exhausting two-hour set requires determination and energy.

The current show Supernova has the same formula as previously; leader Ashley Banjo being the main star, plenty of military-style dance routines, punchy movements, and a few backflips here and there, set against a musical soundtrack that includes acts as diverse as James Arthur, Kwaku Asante, and NF.

There's less physical activity during the second half and the storyline continues: a popstar crashes his car and goes into a coma. While in his coma he takes a journey through his past - all partly narrated by rapper Dujon 'Scoop' Thomson.

The message conveyed is that good always wins out in the end, so live your best life and treasure those you love. The way Banjo and his dancers brought life and vitality to the stage gives an uplifting feeling.

Their open-heartedness extends to charity too. Diversity is supporting the anti-poverty charity, the Trussell Trust and there are opportunities to leave cash donations at the collection points at the venues.

A night of pure entertainment that was big, energetic, and relentlessly engaging.

The tour continues with further dates in the north:

Tuesday 6 February - Bradford St George’s Hall
Wednesday 7 February - Bradford St George’s Hall
Wednesday 14 February - Gateshead Glasshouse International Centre
Thursday 15 February - Gateshead Glasshouse International Centre
Friday 16 February - Stockton Globe
Saturday 17 February - Sheffield City Hall
Thursday 7 March - York Grand Opera House
Friday 8 March - York Grand Opera House
Saturday 9 March - Harrogate Convention Centre
Friday 15 March - Salford Lowry Lyric Theatre
Saturday 16 March - Salford Lowry Lyric Theatre
Sunday 7 April - Connexin Arena, Hull