ED2018 3/5 Reviews ED2018 Children's Shows Reviews

The Snow Queen (Theatre N16 and Eastlake Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 8 August 2018

Greta’s brother Kay has changed: he doesn’t want to play or sing any more. The Snow Queen must have taken him, and so Greta sets off across the wilderness (with the help of a pun-loving, fame-hungry crow puppet) to rescue him. For a children’s show, it was rather lacking in visual appeal – the design is all muted browns and greys, with much of the action being described rather than seen. There was some clever found-object puppetry, and a captivating script, but the 3-9 age range seems unrealistic for such a wordy piece. The talented young performers add a real sense of childlike wonder and sincerity to the proceedings, and the narrator showed a real skill for character work, but overall this magical tale was a little lacking in magic.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5