ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Belleville Rendez-Vous (FellSwoop Theatre Company)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

Perfectly capturing the surreal look, melancholic feel and depression-era French blues sound of the original animated film, this delightful adaptation stays true to its source material without becoming its slave. The excellent ensemble transport us into the weird world of Champion the cyclist, all the while accompanied by a talented three piece band. Inventively staged, cunningly choreographed and brilliantly scored, this production dazzles with its wit and imagination despite choosing a difficult source to adapt. Although it runs a touch long-the dream dance sequences could do with trimming down and the dancers aren’t quite sharp enough-this is a strong, enjoyable and intelligent production. You’ll never look at bicycle wheels the same way again!

Bedlam Theatre, 8 – 20 Aug (not 14), 11.00am (12.00pm), £8.00, fpp241.
tw rating 4/5