Directors: Rachael Canning and Eddie Kay
Reviewer: Abbie Rippon
This beautiful story, told through movement, is a real credit to The Wrong Crowd theatre co. This production combines an effective, creative story line, physical theatre, imaginative use of set and space and ingenious use of puppets to tell the tale of a young girl who after a tragedy in the family, moves in with her grandmother in her stuffy flat in London. We follow her adventure as she chases her old kite as it flies out of the flat and into the city.
What makes this story so moving and well performed is the tiny details of the movement, facial expressions, eye contact and seamless teamwork of the four cast members. Charlotte Croft and Liz Crowther as the Girl and her Grandmother, and Linden Walcott-Burton and Nicola Blackwell as the ever present, ever moving wind bring to life the story of the Girl and her Kite.
The performance is supported by Rachael Canning’s ingenious multi-purpose set design and an immaculately produced sound scape and score by Isobel Waller-Bridge which not only sets the scene beautifully but pulls on the audience’s heart strings as the sounds support the audience as they follow the Girl and her Grandmothers literal and emotional journey.
It is hard to put into words what makes the performance so effective, this is definitely a production to watch to really understand its impact. The 55minute performance feels like it passes in half that time, it is wonderfully engaging piece, that tackles the difficult subject of grief with a powerful sensitivity and comes highly recommended.
Runs until 16th March then touring