‘Keeps enquiring minds entertained & educated along the way’: THIS NOISY ISLE – Living Record Festival (Online review)

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Streaming as part of the Living Record Festival, This Noisy Isle is an audio drama for children based on The Tempest with stories and activities, a prologue, four tracks, and story packs.

Produced by Spun Glass Theatre, this immersive piece of theatre is designed for those aged 5-11, requiring some interaction with the actors and the use of props and situations suggested by Shakespeare’s perennial play.

With the four main sections led by Miranda, Caliban, Prospero and Ariel, you need little knowledge of the original play to join in. This is more about children using their imaginations to join in games, songs and stories.

The story packs are perhaps more suited to children at the older edge of the age range, but the whole series of videos plus the downloadable activity pack has been well-crafted and will keep enquiring minds busy, entertained and educated along the way.

Re-purposed from a full immersive theatrical experience which toured in 2019, This Noisy Isle may be best experienced by a family, or a duo, to get a sense of creating an activity, and building something new together.

In the land of ‘Fire and Ice’, children follow a story arc of many layers: simply an adventure for the little ones; something more complex for older children and adults touching on the global refugee crisis.

Never preachy, This Noisy Isle makes its mark by an intuitive use of storytelling and music. You can access it alongside other shows in the Living Record Festival until 22 February 2021.

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Louise Penn is an experienced writer and editor, published in a variety of outlets. She worked as a professional librarian for 25 years before going freelance full-time in 2018 and setting up her Lou Reviews blog. She is passionate about all types of theatre and the arts.

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