ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

The Spectacular Tales Of Grinburrell (Southampton University Students’ Union Theatre Group)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Entering the world of Grinburrell and his travelling troupe of storytellers is an engaging, charmingly ramshackle process. This show is superbly convincing, every story original and exciting, with the tale of a magical key managing to build a heart-slowing tension into a genuinely frightening point of climax. This is only beaten by the fantastical mystery of the next story, a cautionary tale about vanity wherein a young woman dances with her captured reflection in a sequence that is hypnotically balletic. The only criticism is that a romantic subplot falls slightly flat, with characters curiously underdeveloped even by the end, but this is a play that children and adults both will find unfailingly enchanting nonetheless.

C too, 4 – 20 Aug, 2.05pm (3.05pm), £6.50 – £8.50, fpp299.
tw rating 4/5
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