Young Critics Review 2018 – Hansel and Gretel, Third Review
I was sat in row B, Seat 11. I had a great view of the stage and everything that was on the floor. There was only one problem; there was so much going on that I didn’t have a clue where to look. I was mind-blown. I believe that this show is aimed at adults because of the strong language and the way that it was quite scary. Before it began, there was a blank projection on the screen and 4 musicians on the floor with varied instruments. It started with music and madness. The musicians sat down to play, the puppeteers got ready to make the puppets move and the narrator/opera singer got ready to tell the story. What was good about it was the narrator didn’t just say the story, she sung it. Not only that, she played the witch. I especially liked the puppeteer’s facial expression because they were acting out the puppets emotion. I like the fact that they included comedy into their act and they introduced the puppets individually. For a puppet show there were only 2 puppets and the props were ok, but there are a couple of things that they can improve. I was shocked when I heard swearing in a show in a place like the Garrick theatre. I believe that they have standards to keep up to. The swearing could have been avoided or if they were going to swear they could have given everyone a warning. Another thing that they could improve on is the puppets. They only had 2 puppets and I was expecting a puppet show. I had my ideas of what a puppet show was and this was not even close. I was expecting to not be able to see the people but I could so this made me very confused. To make this better they should have puppets for the witch and the mother and the father. To get back to the bright side, the live band playing was really good. They really used a variety of instruments. I really enjoyed the fact that the narrator sung the spoken lines. It made the show more interesting. In terms of the 2 puppets they actually had, they were good quality; it made me laugh when the puppeteers made the facial expressions because some of them were really funny. For example, the spying on adult conversations. Overall, I would rate this show 3 out of 5 stars. If they improved on the things I picked up on, it would be 5 stars. If this is your kind of thing, book your tickets now!!!!!!
By Rebecca Stanley