The Apple Tree Maiden
Delicious children's theatre
This article is from 2008.
Lilting music, flowing costumes and expressive choreography are the chief characteristics of The Apple Tree Maiden, a show that features no dialogue. Instead, the characters mime and dance their way through the action-packed show. Swirling music in the opening scene serves as an introduction for our hero, a curly-haired prince sleeping on a tall throne, woken by a girl tempting him with an apple. But each time he takes one, she disappears.
Their delightful flirting continues until they are discovered by a horrible baddy who uses her powers to steal the prince's crown and take over the castle. How will the prince and apple tree maiden restore his kingdom? Throughout the show, the cast communicate effectively with each other through mime. Lightning, thunder and sounds of rushing water create a lovely woodland atmosphere, and the play has an ethereal quality that appeals to both parents and children alike. (Theresa Muñoz)
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 17 Aug, Noon, £7--£8.50 (£6--£7.50).