ChildrensFamilyFestive 15/16ReviewSouth Coast

A Winter’s Trail -Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer/Director: Fran Malone and Madeleine Herrington
Reviewer: Bill Avenell

A delightful morning’s entertainment in the company of Serren and Atlas from the FDA (Fairy Detective Agency of course!), together with their young helpers and adult loved ones, searching for Sylvan and the missing ‘magic of shared moments’, so essential for the continued success of any theatre.

The staircases and nooks and crannies of the Theatre Royal lend themselves perfectly to this perambulating production from Brighton-based Herringbone Arts, which involves a gentle story of lost magic interpreted by two child-friendly narrators, ingenious use of wall pictures and some delightful models and puppets.

It could easily turn into too much of an introduction to the theatre, and perhaps some of the adult loved ones were hoping it would, but for one five-year-old in particular it was perfectly pitched and at just over the hour keeps the young attention throughout. Serren and Atlas manage to bridge the gap between children and adults seamlessly and while a good deal of the magic lies in watching those rapt young faces, some of it is mirrored in the expression of the adults as they question whether they have really just been induced to crawl through the Grand Circle so as not to be seen by the humans.

The ‘shared moments’ idea is a lovely one to base this entertainment around so provided you know the password and the FDA special handshake, get down to the Theatre Royal before Christmas to find your own bit of magic.

Runs at weekends and Christmas week |Image: Contributed

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