Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale is brought to life in this lovely little production. You’re transported into the depths of the ocean with a set that twinkles and shimmers with tea lights. Whilst you might imagine a light hearted experience (thanks to Disney), this retelling is actually quite dark., and the language of the dialogue is also quite complex so this is probably not one for younger children. The cast features an ensemble of very competent young actors, although parts of the movement-based sections could have used a bit more polishing. At times it feels a bit amateur, as though perhaps Jackinabox could have tried for more of an edgy retelling; but overall this is very enjoyable bit of theatrical escapism.
Zoo, 5 – 20 Aug, 12.40pm (1.30pm), £7.00 – £9.00, fpp275.
tw rating 3/5