It just didn't happen although it had, at times, all the ingredients to make it do so. There were moments however when it was truly embarrassing as when, on the night I went, a rather stout Marianne pranced around the stage in balletic sequences. Neither Moira Buffini, the adaptor, nor Will Tucket, the director/ choreographer, seem to be up for the job. I found myself wincing at some of the dialogue, and even a young audience would have found some of this too trite. Having said that it's not a total wash out. The staging was clever, and could have been more so. The final scenes showed some "heart" which it needed displaying earlier on. A difficult piece to translate to the stage for sure, but this unfortunate effort should not put off any future attempts. Whether, as it is, it is really for the intended audience the Almeida seemed to think it is remains to be seen. I'd give it 4/10 with a "See Me"! LOL! - rds
05 Jan 08
Designer theatre for middle class parents to feel good taking their kids to. It was a long 75 mins and it left me cold. The kids in the auudience looked bored. Give me the joy of the Young Vic's Christmas Carol, the heart of the NT's War Horse or the bawdiness of the Old Vic's Cinderella any day of the week. Yawn..... - Gareth James
04 Jan 08
Excellent production that can be equally enjoyed by adults and children. The play touches on serious subjects: illness, solitude, death and parental loss but in a way that challenges and stimulates us, the viewers, to use our imagination. The blending of music, dance and projection effects creates a magical world that I was sorry to leave. Highly recommended. - Gazza
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