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Paradise Lost (Paul Van Dyke)

By | Published on Wednesday 13 August 2014

With this one man production of ‘Paradise Lost’ involving puppets and rudimentary CGI, Paul Van Dyke tackles John Milton’s epic poem – about Satan travelling to the Garden of Eden – with gusto, carving out an easily digestible hour-long show. Yet despite a charismatic and flawless rendition of the material from performer and puppeteer Van Dyke, who should be commended for his performance, the show lacked any real imagination when interpreting the source material. Ultimately, the simple set-up and lacklustre effects (the show boasts “groundbreaking special effects” and this is simply not the case) just don’t do justice to the complexity of the original. This show is best suited to newcomers to the piece, who would benefit from a simplistic adaptation.

Gryphon@WestEnd, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [James McColl]