The Garden Of Unearthly Delights – Le Cascadeur, Sun 19 Feb.
Le Cascadeur is a very busy place; the set is full of clutter, labelled boxes, a train set, various tables and other things – all of which take a turn as the focus of this show. Loose Ends is a series of interrelated and well connected skits and it has some depth in its meaning. We start with a little toy train, with a very bright light and a video camera, the video feed shown on the big screen – a very different view of the world through the shadows cast.
Next, some insight into our main character. His world is in the clutter all around us and that the outside world is a scary place (the sound effects tell this very well). And he is alone, which really becomes evident when it comes to celebrating his birthday. There is puppetry, a little physical theatre (more would be good) and we explore what friendship means, including decisions about rejecting not-so-good friends.
The finale introduces to a very large, up until then hidden, stage prop – a complex friend making machine and we add a couple of audience volunteers to drive this complicated thingamabob (its gadget heaven if that be your thing!)!
Young Mr Five particularly enjoyed this performance. I’d expect from about four or 5 through to 10 or 11 would be the target audience for Loose Ends. It has enough to ponder for older children (and adults) too, if they consider the implications and levels of this show.
Loose Ends continues at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights – Le Cascadeur from 5.30pm until Mon 13 Mar.
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