This review refers to a previous cast who have now left the production.
(Seen at the afternoon performance on 6th July 2013)
As book to stage adaptations go, this one is aided greatly by Bunny Christie,
Finn Ross and Paule Constable creating an environment which is not only a
physical representation of Christopher's world, but also a platform for his
psychological one. Mariann Elliott's stylised direction, assisted by Scott
Graham and Steven Hoggett further delineate the ordered world in which this
Within this concept, a hugely talented company shine. Everything
that has been written about Luke Treadaway is true. So deeply involved in his
performance, even a stray shred of paper and reluctant pup become another facet
of his personality - a difficult character brought blazingly to life.
around him, though, deserve equal praise. Niamh Cusack as his teacher keeps the
narrative going, Holly Aird as his mother provides a heat-melting moment, Tilly
Tremayne creates an unforgettable neighbour and Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty an
equally perfect study of London Transport's least finest. For the gentlemen,
Sean Gleeson does wonders with an ultimately unsympathetic character and Matthew
Barker, Howard Ward and Nick Sidi juggle a number of characters with conviction.
As emotionally colourful as the frenetic staging, it's a complex tale that
perhaps could have been shortened a trifle by removing the odd item of
Christopher's life that doesn't seem quite relevant as we have the visual idea.
That said, it moves quickly (with some brilliantly creative moments in act two)
and to say more would ruin it for anybody who WILL, after reading this, buy a
Touches your spread palm, in the deepest