The musical's set of parables from the Gospel of Matthew are delivered as a breathless sequence of tableaux, using shadow puppetry, dance, song and mime - and with audience members playing a vital role. Dragging individuals up to get involved in the action might at times draw a little too heavily on Edinburgh favourites Belt Up Theatre, but it's hard for anyone watching not to feel swept along by the open-hearted generosity of the show.
Most impressive are the musical numbers - a glorious "Day by Day" from Ellie Mason stands out, as do the choral numbers from the 12-strong cast, which really raise the roof. Tom Mackley is suitably charismatic as Jesus, and Suzanne Rooney presents a slippery Judas. Direction by Alex Howarth and Caroline McCaffrey is secure and pacey. Most memorable, though, is the sheer sense of wide-eyed wonder from all involved.
- David Kettle