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The Red Tree (Featherweight)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

Torches, a wonderful soundscape and handwritten words create a vivid and magical atmosphere in this ensemble piece cleverly wrought by three brilliant theatre makers. The trio play with images from Shaun Tan’s illustrated children’s book of the same name, and whilst there is no fixed narrative we follow the emotions and imagination of a young girl. The stage is littered with handmade props ingeniously imprinted with lines from the book; we are caught by surprise each time a line is suddenly lit up or unfurled. It is not effortless, but their exertion and the intricacies of their design make it ever more exciting. Not a word is spoken but I found myself leaning forward, smiling, absorbed in Featherwight’s fantastical world.

Zoo, until 26 Aug, 1.45pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Jade Wilson]