- The Forge
By Brendon Bennetts
Directed by Andrew Todd
Everyone’s ready to see Snow White – except the actors haven’t shown up!
Three ushers will have to use whatever they can to create everything from the Magic Mirror to the Wicked Queen… but they might need some help for the Seven Dwarfs! Only the magic of theatre can save the show!
The Court is proud to present family-friendly entertainment on the main stage every school holidays. All kids’ shows are recommended for children aged 3-7 and tickets are just $10 for children under 18 and $15 for adults.
Relaxed performances are special shows for those with sensory needs. Lighting and sound are adjusted, capacity is reduced to allow for freer movement and there is a “chill-out” area in the foyer.
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION:
Please note that Free Parking during Kids’ Shows only applies in The Court’s car park, not the Wilson’s Car Park.
THE JOYFUL MAGIC OF STORYTELLING
It is almost a given that holiday theatre for children will involve retelling (even dressed up as re-imagining) nursery fodder and even though the well-worn substance of the tales is almost indestructible, there is all too often a sense of stale invention, relying on the old highs and lows to shape to the experience. Emphatically, this scenario does not apply to Andrew Todd’s energetic direction of the surprise in store at The Court.
The production is full of inventive solutions to the predicament lined up for two ushers and the naughty nephew of one, who’s hauled out for ignoring the routine announcement about using technical devices. The entertaining complications follow, when we learn that an overflowing rubbish tin, hastily removed from the set, has tripped and laid low the whole rehearsed cast as well as their musical support.
But wait, the show must go on. On stage, three intrepid performers ‘improvise’ their way through the story, transparently dealing with character and scene changes, and augmented by eager volunteers from the audience. It is all terrific fun.
The sense of adventure and enterprise is well sustained and involves Chris Reddington’s splendid arching tree trunk to stand for a definitive entry point and forest, while lighting from Sean Hawkins and sound from Tom Harris pick up the changing moods. Costumes managed by Sarah Douglas add to the vibe as they are whisked on and off, the beards and caps provided for the seven volunteer dwarfs proving especially successful.
But it is the three ‘brave’ irregular actors who really light up the stage with their energy and patent relish. Identified only as Actor One, Two or Three, and dealing with them in order of their ‘roles’, the trio is a winning combination of talents.
Greta Casey-Solly conjures up an engaging Snow White, transforming from goofy shyness to confident prince kisser, Disney cute but also genuinely fresh as a role. She is joined by Rhiannon McCall who turns out a splendidly evil Queen, a ponderous huntsman and the versatile leader of the dwarf troupe. Crisstian Grueber is the nephew who turns out to be a dab hand at an atmospheric keyboard, nimble scene changer and yes, a shy but adorable prince. All this on top of the three original usher/nephew personae who kicked things off to a flying start.
As a holiday treat that uses the resources of theatre to create under our noses the joyful magic of storytelling, the new Snow White is hard to beat. My eager appendage, who is good at handling the five point scale from a lofty ten year old’s viewpoint, unhesitatingly came up with a 4.8 rating and I would be at least as positive.
Reviewed by Lindsay Clark for Theatreview, 10 Jul 2017