Pandora’s Box (4 stars)

  • 7 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Don’t let your curiosity get the better of you. Don’t fly too close to the sun. Don’t open the box . . . The discovery of a mysterious chest on the beach, leads an inquisitive brother and sister and a displaced surfer dude to act out a selection of the best-loved Greek myths and cautionary tales. Theseus gets embroiled in a Fist Full of Dollars-style stand-off with the Minotaur, while Icarus wilfully ignores his father’s advice and the Gorgon gurgles and grimaces.

There’s a nice blend of moods in this imaginative show, from the mellow to the manic, and a trio of engaging performances. The piece is educational without being preachy, and, of course, there’s a flurry of questions from the young audience when Pandora disappears inside the box, only to return bearing the Butterfly of Hope. (Allan Radcliffe)

Assembly Rooms, 226 2428, until 28 Aug (not 14, 21), 11am, £8-£9 (£6-£7).

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