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Using power of imagination
Tuesday 26th March, 2013 - Nottingham Playhouse
By Dawn Bond
Philip Pullman's I Was A Rat is a magical adventure for all the family. Adapted and directed by Teresa Ludovica, with an English version by David Watson, there is much to keep children entertained.
On at Nottingham Playhouse until April 13, the production by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company uses a wide variety of theatrical styles. There is lots of physical theatre, with somersaults and fights, magic, mimicry, puppetry, masks, music and song, with the cast of eight playing multiple roles.
Fox Jackson-Keen is outstanding as Roger, who used to be a rat. He commands great stage presence with his acrobatic skills. He is taken in by the innocent Mr and Mrs Cannonball — Tyrone Huggins and Lorna Gayle — but trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes.
Roger finds himself being bullied at school, being exhibited as a freak in a circus and corrupted by burglars.
One highlight is a slow-motion fight involving journalists and editors using bundles of newspaper. The audience also have to use the power of their imagination as the stage is bare, apart from a couple of chairs. Thoroughly entertaining — DAB.
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