Fringe preview: Flight
Athletic sequel to The Little Prince from Californian theatre company, Curbside
This article is from 2015.
There are many profound lines in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella The Little Prince, but perhaps the most important is spoken by a fox: ‘One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.’
Over 70 years later, Californian theatre company Curbside has taken that line as the central theme for its new show for ages four and over, Flight.
A sequel which picks up six years after The Little Prince left off, Flight finds the same pilot back again – actively seeking the Prince, to recall the secret he has forgotten.
‘For us, The Little Prince is a timeless love story about learning to see with the heart, and finding the courage to fly,’ says Curbside’s artistic director, Ezra LeBank. ‘These themes inspired us to create Flight, a sequel with a twist.’
Curbside is renowned for its highly physical approach to storytelling, and during Flight, Ezra and his two co-performers will help people conjure up sand dunes, crashing waves and far off islands in their minds.
‘By creating surreal imagery with our bodies, we take audiences of all ages on a journey that ignites the imagination,’ he says. ‘We continually transform onstage, morphing into characters and landscapes, using acrobatics, our voices, lights, original music and one simple piece of set.’
Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, 8–31 Aug (not 18), 12.30pm, £9–£10. Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £8.