The Adventure (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

The Adventure

An interactive kids' show that starts (intentionally) weakly but improves steadily throughout

It’s not unheard of for a show to start well, then descend steadily downhill – but The Adventure does the exact opposite. From a fairly lacklustre start (intentional, as it turns out), it just gets better and better.

In the interest of making it as fresh and exciting for you and your young companion as it was for ours, no details will be shared here. Suffice to say, during our quest to help two young siblings find their father, we do indeed go on one heck of an adventure.

At times, it’s like we’re all participating in an episode of CSI, then one of those computer games where you find objects and solve clues to leave the room – and the surprise climax is straight out of a crime action novel. Along the way, each location has been painstakingly set with objects to drive the story along, many of them imparting scientific knowledge in the process.

Although a little scary in places, the cast works hard to reassure and encourage young ones – and by halfway through, it’s clear the grown-ups are as hooked and intrigued as their young charges.

Pleasance Up The Hill, 556 1513, until 25 Aug, 11am, 2pm & 5pm, £12 (£9).


  • 4 stars

Bad Physics/Mercury Theatre Colchester/Richard Jordan Productions/Escalator East to Edinburgh present: The Adventure Interactive site-specific mystery for children When a famous scientist is abducted, it takes his two children, their best friend, an incompetent storyteller, and the audience to rescue him. In a dark and…