Went to see this tonight and was totally charmed by it. Loads of kids, a clever staging with a creative use of video projections and really lovely central performances by the adults - Marcus Farnsworth, Louise Callinan and Suzanne Bertish as God. And carefully nurtured community singing - the conductor Martin Fitzpatrick came on stage before the performance to rehearse us all. Performance comes in at around the advertised 65 minutes.
Absolutely loved this this afternoon, and the theatre and the welcoming staff was as joy in itself. The production is possibly my favourite piece of 20th century musical theatre (ooh, perhaps alongside with sunday in the Park and prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet), and this had some inspired moments, and some disappointing ones. Suzanne bertish is brilliant as God, and I loved the family. The appearance of the ark took my breath away, and the whole use of colour is gorgeous, but they cheated us of a firmament. The rainbow, which is not a rainbow, was beautiful and made sense in the design concept, and I was so looking forward to the Firmament with the orchestra going crazy and hand bells galore, but there was no representation of it. shame. Having been a Gossip' in a production o'er seen by britten and been given a very dramatic and visual drowning I was expecting something special here. Nah, they just walked off into the audience. they were rather beautifully performed though, and full of fear for the flood. No real suggestion of a flood other than some tame projections. Not a bit of blue silk anywhere. And the animal heads a bit uninspired, though the tortoise was a lovely touch. The sound was also a bit muffled by sticking the Ark in front of the orchestra, and I have to say it was conducted with very little drama, and boy is there drama in that score. Usually as 'For those in Peril' emerges out of the storm, hairs stand but it was rather unexciting. Good mugs and gorgeous handbells though.The show started with a 'message' of buggering up the planet, but that was not really followed through, except perhaps with the colour spreading out over what had been cold grey. But heck I love this clever, clever piece. Only three shows left, with seats for tomorrow only and the cakes made by a lady in the box office, were delicious.