Imagination and will power come together in this one man mini-epic that seeks to explore a boy’s impassioned dream of finding an undiscovered rainforest in Northumberland. After learning about a grandfather he never knew he had, Al (Malcolm Hamilton) discovers a secret from the deceased relative who others have fobbed off as mad. Determined to prove his grandfather’s sanity, he organises an expedition on a fantastical whim. Poetically beautiful and portrayed through a brilliant physical performance, this is a coming of age story that effortlessly rouses up one’s own childhood memories. With an unceasing determination and conviction grounded in mythologies and urban folklore, this production acts as a wonderful piece of escapism that brings the absurd into the everyday.
Zoo, 5 – 29 Aug (not 15, 23), 3.00pm (3.55pm), £7.00 – £9.00, fpp300.
tw rating 4/5