Time is running out in the Lost Present Department.
Christmas is just around the corner and far too many gifts have gone astray. Not to worry though. Here come our two heroes to put a smile on the anxious faces out front, in this madcap Tobacco Factory seasonal show for the very young at its Brewery Theatre second home.
Entertainers Ed Patrick and Vic Llewellyn are masters at the detective work aimed at discovering what is beneath that gaudy Christmas wrapping paper and who should receive those presents.
Written by Mike Akers, who adapted the triumphant Bristol Old Vic open-air production of Treasure Island last summer, there is a nice personal touch to the narrative when they discover a long-lost present from their grand-father. The scene in which Patrick seeks to recover it by descending into the black hole in which it has been dropped, complete with tennis rackets for shoes, is imaginative children’s theatre at its best.
The chaos and confusion is kept in some sort of order by director Emma Williams, and the show is perfectly timed at 45 minutes to match its audience’s attention span. There is even the perfect ending with a small token present for everyone.