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Explosive Entertainment at The Everyman Theatre: REVIEW


Explosive Entertainment at The Everyman Theatre: REVIEW

The Firework-makers Daughter explodes onto the Cheltenham stage this week in a visually stunning display of music and drama.

This is the start of a new touring production from the Birmingham Stage Company which has previously toured with productions including Horrible Histories, The Jungle Book and James and the Giant Peach. This stage adaption comes from the pen of Phillip Pullman, the award winning author of The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

The Firework-makers Daughter is aimed at families and children over five. It is a delightful story of a journey of discovery for the young Lila, the daughter of the accomplished firework–work maker Lalchand. She sets out on an adventure to acquire the secret ingredient to create the best firework display on earth.  The cultural eastern influence gives rise to costumes and sets that are bright, colourful and imaginative. The use of puppets adds a different dimension and is truly inspirational. Their use does come as a bit of a surprise in parts, but is well executed throughout.

The whole family will love this production. It has everything - a story with meaning,eye-catching costumes and sets, puppets and music from an array of instruments that can only encourage music lesson. Its’ catchy, toe-tapping stuff, and brought to us by a cast which not only act, but everyone seems able to play some sort of instrument. The comedy element is apparent throughout the whole performance, with the pirates being especially entertaining. 

This production is directed by Phil Clark who is well known for his excellent panto productions at the Everyman. He will be returning to Cheltenham for this year’s highly anticipated extravaganza Cinderella, which begins on Friday 26 November.

The Firework-makers Daughter runs until Saturday 23 October.


Explore Gloucestershire
21 October 2010


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