HAVING seen some truly outstanding children’s and family shows at Warwick Arts Centre I went to the Snow Queen with high expectations and was not disappointed.
Teatro Kismet’s interpretation of this timeless tale is a fast-flowing piece of physical theatre that certainly packed a punch, though it was not for the faint-hearted.
The company were out of their comfort zone in terms of performing Hans Christian Andersen’s tales in English rather than their native Italian but it certainly didn’t dull their enthusiasm.
It is a dark tale of a girl’s quest for her lost friend who gets kidnapped by the wicked Snow Queen.
Teatro Kismet managed to blend comedy with the sinister rather well and infused the whole with a real touch of theatrical style too.
It was attention grabbing stuff throughout and if the music was a little loud at times the volume added to the whole in ‘yer face physical approach.
My favourite part was when two of the cast, who were obviously trained acrobats, descend from high in the rafters, starting out in hammocks and unfurling them to create elaborate flowing banners which they used to great effect to evoke the mood in the penultimate scene.
The ending seemed to come rather abruptly, in truth I was half expecting an interval, though at an hour and ten minutes, or thereabouts, this was just the right length to keep young minds engaged and entertained throughout.