Until 4th January
Citizens Theatre‘s production of Carlo Collodi’s story has been adapted for the stage by playwright Robert Alan Evans and Lu Kemp, theatre director and dramatist, in association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. They have done a brilliant job at mixing the classic The Adventures of Pinocchio with its younger, 1940’s Disney film adaptation. This show has it all – the scares, the laughter and the magic.
Pinocchio sets off on an action-packed quest, full of magic and adventure which makes for a fantastic night at the theatre. You can join him on his journey and transformation from a wooden puppet to a real boy as Pinocchio roams the streets of his home town. He is however tempted by the lights of Playland to which the road is full of mystical creatures and dark woods. Through his journey he learns the importance of telling the truth with a little bit of help from his good and wise friend Cricket. On his way he meets many interesting creatures who help to bring this show alive with a little bit of help from the Nikola Kodjabashia’s live score played by cast onstage.
The show would not work without Geppetto, played by Gary Lilburn who is wonderful in the role, supplying hilarity to it but also the very important element of flawed humanity that the character is so very well known for. Two of the stars here are Irene Allan and Andy Clark – Allan plays Florenzini (a baddie) and Clark has taken on the role of the treacherous Fox. The puppet used in this production is indeed very different to the one featured in the Disney adaptation. It has been so well put together that it becomes very easy to connect with it and believe that it to be a real boy on stage.
This play with its magic and vivid story telling is a fantastic Christmassy outing for the whole family. It holds something special and has the ability to appeal to a younger, new audience who may not know the story as well as those that already know and love it.
Note that the production takes place at Tramway (25 Albert Drive, G41 2PE) while renovations works are carried out at Citizens Theatre. This really allows the actors to use all of the spacious area provided by Tramway to bring this magnificent show to life.
Image: Tim Morozzo
With thanks to Joanna Zuchowska for this review.