“The magic is in you”: Belt Up remind the audience that theatre doesn’t have to rely on huge spectacle, that all you need is a little imagination. Centre of the show, Serena Manteghi as little girl Sara Crewe is charming from the outset. Dominic Allen, as her strict boarding school teacher Miss Minchin, adds by turns both a humorous and evil dimension to the plot, which prevents the core, storytelling element of the narrative from becoming stagnant. Sometimes the sweetness of the plot borders on cloying, which is partly due to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s original novel, but the show remains engaging throughout. The subtle music used to enhance more poignant scenes was used sparingly to good effect. Fun for all ages.
C nova, 2-27 Aug, 6.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Stephanie Taylor]