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The Magical Faraway Tree (Sleeping Trees Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Enid Blyton will be turning in her grave. In this reworking of her stories, the innocence that makes them childhood favourites is given a disturbing, but even more imaginative, twist. Without props, scenery or sound effects, three young actors manage to draw the audience into a dark world of depraved pixies and evil Generals, as a young boy seeks magical medicine to aid his mother. While the comedic miming and absurd sketches woven into the plot may not be to everyone’s taste, the actors enchant the audience in a manner reminiscent of Monty Python. Wonderful performances, particularly from Joshua George Smith, captivate those willing to go along with the cast, their diverse characters, and of course, their talking trees.

Just the Tonic @ The Caves, 4-28 Aug (not 17), 1.00pm (2.00pm), £3.00 – £4.00, fpp280.
tw rating 4/5