A new adaptation by Mike Kenny
The Studio, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Dec 7th - 23rd 2017
An accessible hour long winter show designed for 5-9 year olds.
Directed by Garry Robson
Designed by Victor Nonenko
This is the story within a story. It begins in The Place with the young people retelling the Hans Christian Anderson story of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. A story that they love because it's truthful, it's about someone who's a wee bit different and reminds them of how important it is to be kind and look after one another. The diversity of the storytellers is reflected in the storytelling which combines words, music, sign language, audio description, puppetry and visual images.
The set has a large window the children look out of and it shows different moving images of the story, the use of two light up tables are put to good use as a way of telling the story within and the background is filled with cardboard boxes giving The Place a kind of lost feel.
Between Jack (Robert Softly Gale) Soldier (Lauren Gilmour) Dancer (Caroline Parker) Kipper (Joseph Brown) and Sticks (Audrey Tait) we are treated to the story being retold with laughter, sadness, frustration and joy.
The songs are what made it for us as they were enjoyable and nice to listen to. With dancing and singing and some puppetry it all combined well together and presented a classic tale in a new light.
If you get a chance go and see it, my five year old daughter was laughing and singing and at an hour long it's just the right length to keep her entertained.
Birds of Paradise Theatre Company
Review by Donald Campbell