(This review may contain spoilers).
I haven’t read the book that started all this, but I did see and really enjoy the film. I missed the original live showing at the cinema, but I did get to see the final encore performance.
The way this play was made was different to the last play I saw. People were utilised in the scenes a lot more, for instance, which I felt worked really well.
In my opinion, the puppets worked really well. Rather than trying to make the puppeteers invisible – which I felt wouldn’t have worked too well – they almost seemed to be a part of the animals’ character. The puppets themselves were of a really high quality and I have a whole lot of respect for how hard the puppeteers had to work.
The music worked really effectively with the scenes and the style of folk songs was really nice.
The use of the lighting worked really well and I felt the screen with images projected onto it was a really effective tool.
The actors were particularly good and I thought Albert came across particularly well. All told, I’m glad I was able to watch this play, even if it wasn’t live. It was definitely worth seeing.