Tom's Midnight Garden
From: Saturday, 1st December 2007
To: Saturday, 12 January 2008
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Banished to his Aunt and Uncle's house in order to avoid catching measles from his brother, Tom is not looking forward to the school holidays. Convinced he is going to be bored rigid staying in their house with no other children around, he is amazed when, one night, the grandfather clock strikes thirteen and he finds himself in a beautiful and mysterious garden. This event marks the beginning of a summer Tom will never forget. He starts a journey that will take him through the boundaries of time and reality to Queen Victoria's reign and into the life of a little girl called Hatty. Tom's Midnight Garden is for everyone aged 4 and over.
5 December 2007
In 2002 this critically acclaimed in- house production thrilled both audiences and critics, alike. It is now back by popular demand to entertain theatregoers in search of something dark and original this Christmas.
The problem is, second time around, any sense of mystery is all but gone. It is not a complete failure though, as there is still some magic left in this old tale, given a twisted makeover by acclaimed adaptor, David Wood.
This middle class childrens' classic does seem staid - in terms of narrative - as it does resemble a Sunday tea time serial drama. But here, Tom's search of some excitement in his aunt's garden, following quarantine, to avoid catching his brother's measles -is still expertly handled.
As soon as the back door opens, a new world is explored as he steps back in time, meeting tom boy, Hatty in the midnight garden. This is where the play really comes alive, but If you have visions of an English Country...
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Jack - 13 December 2007:
I don't know who this What's On Stage critic is, or what their credentials are, but they clearly don't know much about good theatre. This seasonal offering from the Library is great theatre. The physical work is clever, moves the action along and doesn't overwhelm. The performances are strong across the board, the design is stark and daring and the music inspired. David Wood's adaptation is brilliantly concise and brings this great book to life with flair and sincerity. What's On Stage should start looking for a higher quality of critic. This is must see theatre....