Rapunzel - May The Force Be With You!
Spotlites Theatre Company
Take the long-haired maiden trapped in the tower and throw in Luke Skywalker and you get this inspired piece of children's theatre. You wouldn't think it'd work but it does. The witch watches Rupunzel via downloaded satellite reports in this fusion of epic sci-fi and classic fairy tale which took the best from both to create a mishmash of familiar but freshly presented themes. An exciting environment was created by great lighting and effects including some flashy light sabre battles. The kids got involved in a huge variety of innovative on-stage activities - resurrecting aliens with The Force, becoming Jedis and cutting Rupunzel's hair - under the direction of spirited performers and staff. A delight.
Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, 31 Jul - 17 Aug, 11.30am (12.30am), £5.00 (£3.50), fpp 18
tw rating: 4/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival