Snow Play (4 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Snow Play

Fun and frolics in the snow

It may have caused the grown-ups a few problems earlier this year, but for children, snow is never a burden. Faced with falling flakes and a snowy white landscape, traffic infrastructure is far from their mind. Scottish/Italian company, Lyngo Theatre may not have real snow in its simple yet highly effective show, but the cotton wool-style substitute goes down a storm with its young audience.

Returning from his holiday in warmer climes, Mr Green (aka spring) finds an uninvited guest in his house. A guest who refuses to leave and, worse still, insists on making an increasingly bigger mess in Mr Green’s garden and living room. It transpires the unwelcome visitor is Mr White (aka winter) who can’t quite cope with the fact that his time (for this year at least) is over.

Both Patrick Lynch (Green) and Carlo Rossi (White) have a warm performance style that instantly puts the audience at ease. Even though we know Mr Green is in the right, we’re really not sure who to root for, so amiable are both characters. Early on, Rossi enlists the help of two adults from the audience, and if children are left wondering why they haven’t been chosen instead, the answer soon reveals itself.

Layers of snow, imaginary furniture and even Mr White himself are carried in and out of the house by the volunteers, adding some lovely comic touches without ever veering into the realm of audience humiliation. But the real fun comes from the moments when children can get involved. Shrieks of pleasure accompany them ploughing onto the stage to cover Mr White in false snow or pelt Mr Green and his tennis racket with snow balls. Best of all, there’s no damp, soggy mess to clear up afterwards.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 11.20am, £8 (£6).

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