Hup (Starcatchers in association with the RSNO and Pleasance Kids)
By Bruce Blacklaw | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
Two violinists, a cellist and a dancing raccoon-lady welcome the audience into the imaginary forest of their performance area. The audience is seated on the floor, intimately among the players, leading to a lovely opportunity to be transfixed by myriad pleasures; the props and interactions, colourful scenery and, first and foremost, the music, a lovely original score played with amiable confidence. Raccoon-lady gradually transforms the musicians into imitations of herself, with striped garments, tails and coloured noses, all bar one who resists until (spoiler alert) she too joins in the fun as, ultimately, does the crowd. My little co-reviewer did wander off once or twice (for which there is welcome space and indulgence) but was fulsome and sincere in her applause at the end.
Pleasance Kids at EICC, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]