filled with melody
you have ever been unsure about what is really important in life,
this refreshing and thought-provoking production, staged in the
Drum, will help you gain a true sense of value.
new fantasy musical, loosely inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's
The Nightingale and the Emperor, is an exciting, thrilling
work. It fuses Gary Carpenter's enchanting, lyrical and on occasions
abstract score with Simon Nicholson's vivid storytelling.
the initial scene in Act I may be a little inaccessible for the
younger members of the audience - which it aims to court, director
Annie Castledine and musical director Timothy Sutton succeed in
Act II in bringing out the magic of this dynamic journey of self-discovery.
Their endeavours are enhanced by Richard Aylwin's imaginative set
created by the Theatre Royal props department.
Mansfield gives an outstanding, high-energy delivery as the eccentric
and failed Toymaker. Also her rendition of I don't like fish
was particularly amusing and memorable. Brendan O'Hea is a wonderfully
petulant and spoilt Emperor, grasping the essential values of life
in his last moments on earth. Nigel Richards as his Mandarin mentor,
gives an exuberant all-singing, all-dancing performance.
Sinclair, whose enchanting, clear voice makes her a natural choice
for the Nightingale, also gives a spirited interpretation of the
use of five musicians, playing a variety of instruments - from harp,
alto/baritone saxophones and recorder to double bass, acoustic/electric
guitar and banjo - adds further impact to this intriguing, powerful
Plymouth Theatre Royal and Clear Day production.
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