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Alphonse By Wajdi Mouawad (Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Theaturtle in association with Pleasance)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

Alphonse didn’t come home from school today. His family are worried but Alphonse has bigger problems: together with his friend Pierre Paul René, he is in the midst of an adventure. This is the premise of ‘Alphonse’, a surreal, mystical journey into the imagination, beautifully performed by Alon Nashman. Like a Grimm fairytale crossed with ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ and narrated by Lewis Carroll, it makes for a wonderful kind of nonsense. Nashman creates an entire world of characters just by altering his body language, often holding ‘conversations’ entirely on his own and with such conviction that it is easy to forget this is a one-man show. Kids will love ‘Alphonse’, and grown-ups ought to enjoy it too.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 28 Aug (not 17), 11.45am (12.45pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp237.
tw rating 4/5