I was brimming with excitement to see how the Unicorn Theatre would reframe Dido and Aeneas, as they’re usually so successful in fulfilling their aim to produce inspiring and invigorating work for young audiences, but the power and emotion of the score doesn’t really come across.
Dido attempts to make opera accessible to young people, but it hasn’t gone far enough to create a vibrant, engaging story for adults or children.
The Show In Which Hopefully Nothing Happens is a deceptively simple and wonderfully surprising little show for little ones, but grownups, particularly those with a penchant for the strange and self-referential will find this an utter delight that reminds us to find the joy in the day-to-day.
A first-rate piece of children’s theatre, this retelling of the familiar myth Icarus (by playwright Katrin Lange, directed by Cressida Brown) challenges a young audience to reflect on whether to believe everything they’re told.
Growing global discontent has been the hallmark of 2018, and 2019 is looking even worse. The last few years have marked a rise of the far-right, but theatremakers in opposition are letting audiences know it from the stage. Some of the best shows of this year show anger, fear, uncertainty or simply let the world know that enough is enough – it’s time for a fairer, more peaceful society that pays homage to all of its people.
In short, Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales is a fine Christmas show for all the family – but don’t be surprised if you have some questions to answer afterwards!
The End of Eddy, starring Alex Austin and Kwaku Mills (in his professional debut) star in this tale of growing up poor, an outsider in a rural France.
Whimsical design, innovative dramaturgical devices and an unwilling to patronise young people with obvious storytelling combine to create Beginners, a marvellous and thoughtful piece of theatre for all ages.
It’s hard to know how to reframe the complexities of envy and irrational hate in youthful terms for Othello at the Union Theatre, but though Cornelissen doesn’t always quite manage it, the result still offers an intelligent take on the classic story.
The Unicorn Theatre has announced the appointment of Justin Audibert as the company’s new Artistic Director. Justin will take up the position in summer 2018, taking over from Purni Morell who steps down as Artistic Director this spring after nearly seven years in the role.
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