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The Snow Queen

Published Monday 10 December 2012 at 10:28 by Peter Cargill

You can’t accuse Dundee Rep of not preparing for the future, with graduates and youth theatre workers occupying two of the leads and the six-strong chorus.

Combined with the experience of five of the ensemble, director Jemima Levick weaves a fascinating interpretation of Mike Kenny’s version of the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Musical director Jon Beales has created a Christmassy melange to compensate for a dark introduction to the proceedings, but there are no toe-tapping melodies or audience participation to whip up a festive frenzy. Nevertheless, the youngsters in the audience were captivated throughout and expressed their delight when evil was finally vanquished.

An atmospheric setting by designer Lisa Sangster sets the tone - dark, foreboding woods a visual contrast to the bright village shops.

Molly Vevers (Gerda) and Martin McBride (Kai) look to have a future in the business with assured and enthusiastic performances. But the whole piece is held together by Granny, a busy and energetic evening for Ann Louise Ross in a host of disguises - the crow scene with John Buick is a hilarious aside from the more serious tasks at hand.

Emily Winter is the Snow Queen, a commanding presence as she carefully negotiates her way around on spring stilts, and Irene MacDougall also revels in a plethora of parts, her gender-challenged robber a particular highlight.

Production information

Dundee Rep, December 4-January 5

Mike Kenny
Jemima Levick
Dundee Rep Ensemble
Cast includes:
Ann Louise Ross, Molly Vevers, Martin McBride, Emily Winter
Running time:
1hr 55mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014