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Alfie White Space Explorer – The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Created by Tall Stories Director: Toby Mitchell

Reviewer: John Roberts

Tall Stories have unquestionably over the years created a wealth of high quality, engaging work designed for our younger theatre going audiences, however with their latest production Alfie White Space Explorer their usual trademark of fun and inventiveness seems to be sadly lacking.

You would be forgiven for thinking the show would be a jolly romp through the galaxies and journeys on distant planets – while the story may be set in 1967 during the space race era, what we are given is one boys journey searching for his father amid a soundtrack of jazz numbers… Not your usual “kids” show all.

Lucy Tuck(Meg and other characters) and Jordan Turner (Alfie) give their all, in a variety of rôles, but the plot relies so much on the ability for younger audiences to keep track of multiple characters and rather text heavy narrative, that it is easy to forgive the children’s waining concentration.

Director and founder of Tall Stories Toby Mitchell should be applauded for trying new things for the company away from their picture book adaptations of old, but here the gamble doesn’t quite hit the mark, yes the story is interesting and it doesn’t patronise, however it doesn’t engage its target audience in the same way as Emily Brown and the Thing did last year either.

A worthy gamble, but one that doesn’t quite hit the mark.

Runs until 31st August

Created by Tall Stories Director: Toby Mitchell Reviewer: John Roberts Tall Stories have unquestionably over the years created a wealth of high quality, engaging work designed for our younger theatre going audiences, however with their latest production Alfie White Space Explorer their usual trademark of fun and inventiveness seems to be sadly lacking. You would be forgiven for thinking the show would be a jolly romp through the galaxies and journeys on distant planets - while the story may be set in 1967 during the space race era, what we are given is one boys journey searching for his father…

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A worthy gamble

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