Philip Pullman’s The Ruby In The Smoke (Reprint Productions)
By Jane Berg | Published on Friday 26 August 2016
A good adaption has a lot of work to do. It should be accurate, to both content and style, yet condense and interpret where necessary, and also rekindle your affection for the original. Reprint Productions’ staging of Philip Pullman’s detective adventure novel exceeded all my expectations. The story of Sally Lockhart’s investigation of her father’s death, with its many characters and intricate plot, unfolds with captivating pacing, while the set and sound design perfectly evoke the book’s atmosphere. All of the actors are strong and though playing multiple roles, each one rings true. It was a pleasure to see Pullman’s creation in such capable hands, in what was one of the most enjoyable hours I’ve spent at this festival.
Pleasance Dome, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Jane Berg]