An ice rink in the middle of the O2 arena is the ideal location for the Disney Pixar cartoon Finding Nemo to transfer to.
The smoothness and flowing movement of the skaters represent the depths of the ocean setting perfectly - shoals of fish glide about (a skater in black pushing a wire device that completely encases him in tiny fish) and the jellyfish are particularly atmospheric, swishing about gently, hiding their deadly mode of attack.
But for all the atmosphere and attention to detail - the tank with the frightening filter that plucky Nemo (Rebecca White) finds himself in is cleverly portrayed - Finding Nemo is essentially a children’s show and their reaction is the real test.
The costumes are fantastic - the head and tail of the fish cover the skater’s back and front, and their legs and head are covered with the same pattern. The skaters mime the script and the familiar voices of Nemo, Marlin, Dory and al boom out over the speakers. This really makes the show authentic, because the voices are ones that fans of the film will recognise.
Dory (Gretchen Hayes) is particularly well received. As loyal and brave as she is dippy, the audience warms to her immediately - those that know the film (and that’s most of them), even cheer her arrival.
Although the duet dance of the jellyfish is breathtaking, some of the set pieces are rather long, but Rebecca White’s Nemo is particularly good at engaging with the crowd and the youngsters are gripped throughout.
It’s an expensive business to take a few children to see this show and your group will have to run the gauntlet of merchandise stalls on the way out, but, as a special treat, it’ll really make a splash.