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The Boy Who Lost Christmas (Young Actors Company / Engineerium)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Since children tend to follow intuition instead of rational explanation the style of this show suits them, favouring visually imaginative storytelling over narratives rooted in word and fact. This works well with the subject; the main character Crispin’s dreams on the night before Christmas. Crispin and the audience inevitably experience these dreams without the convention of words. The only dialogue is in the voice-over and Crispin’s thinking out loud; everything else is done through movement, lighting and music. One child demanded several times to know “where is Santa?” but despite his absence, this is a charming and mature tale of Crispin’s fear his father won’t return from war in time for Christmas.

Just the Tonic at The Caves, until 25 Aug (not 13), 2.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Michael Black]