Greek Myths For Kids by the new Backhand Theatre (3 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Greek Myths For Kids by the new Backhand Theatre

A bit too few tales of Kings, Heroes and Monsters

This is the debut show from the newly-formed Backhand Theatre company, and to a certain extent, it shows. There’s nothing new or overly exciting here, and the performances are solid rather than outstanding.

That said, the company shows promise, and this lively mix of puppetry and storytelling manages one crucial thing – to tell complex tales with clarity. Both Theseus and the Minotaur and Perseus and Medusa are delivered with complete consideration for their young audience, using a mix of shadow and hand-held puppets. Plus a few nice comic moments dropped in to counter the snakes and monsters.

At just 30 minutes long (despite claims of 50 in the Fringe programme) we could have done with a third myth for our money – and the audience was suitably engaged to have gone the distance.

C Aquila, 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug (not 17), noon, £6.50–£8.50 (£4.50–£7.50).

Greek Myths for Kids

  • 3 stars

Soar above the clouds with the Pegasus! Help battle the fearsome Minotaur in the depths of the Labyrinth! This innovative young company use their own unique style to take you on a breathtaking journey from the Gorgon’s lair to the heights of Mount Olympus. The greatest quests in ancient history recreated with storytelling…

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