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Red Riding Hood (About Turn Theatre Company)

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2011

Precocious bookworm Ruby is spirited away to fairy tale land, becoming Red Riding Hood and meeting four fellow heroes. At first happy to escape her bossy mother, she realises the value of family and seeks a way home. The plot’s typical but played well; the first three quarters are great, with strong characterisation, memorable songs and sharp, funny writing. It’s backed by distinctive staging, at its best in the first appearances of the anthropomorphic Wolf – scary scenes for this sort of kids show. It’s a shame that the ending, while not bad, couldn’t keep up the success of the rest – the final ten minutes were rushed and underdeveloped. Though it’s a small problem, it’s less than this show deserves.

Gryphon Venues at The Point Hotel, 15 – 27 Aug (not 21), 12.00pm (12.45pm), £4.00 – £7.00, fpp28.
tw rating 4/5