Stone Soup. MAC, Cannon Hill Park
This is one of those captivating shows that starts in one definite location - a kookie witch's house - and then takes the young audience on an imaginative journey around the world.
Writer Philip Dodd?s story is a reworking of a familiar fairytale, which is more commonly known as Nail Soup. Here the nail becomes a stone and Stone Soup explores cunning, trickery and the power of the imagination, and in director Malachi Bogdanov?s energetic production, wittily details how to make a make a delicious meal from a pot of water, a stone and a dash of charm.
When cheery traveller Sonya (a winningly bouncy Anna Shearer) wanders hungrily into an empty house she?s only got a stone to make her soup. Soon she?s ducking and diving to avoid the cooking pot herself, and gathering ingredients and tales from around the world.
Susanna Meese?s wicked Cam Cam is a haughty fashion diva witch with a taste for boiling children. Tony Hasnath is the witch?s sidekick monkey, Minky.
He bounds about with an amusingly apish athleticism, and comes complete with scary furry boots and pointy ears.
There?s plenty of poppy singing, and effervescent dance routines and Paul Jonathan Savage?s music is definitely more rock than whimsy. The production is recommended for ages three and older, but the show is rich enough to have something extra for older children. For the younger ones there?s enough to look at in Kate Bunce?s detailed design to keep everyone bewitched.
Running time: one hour. Various dates until the end of April.