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Snow Queen review at MAC Birmingham

This magic tale – a new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story – appeals beautifully to the vivid imagination of children by bringing a ragdoll to life and exploring Northern mythologies.

Anna Shearer shone as the wonderfully icy Snow Queen, her voice suitably evil and enthralling, captivating the whole audience under her spell. Her servant Jack Frost was fantastically interpreted by Dan Hagley and he benefited from the imaginative work of costume and prop designers with his crazy ice wig.

The casting of adult actors for the characters of Gerda and Kai was a questionable choice as younger actors would have been more believable as the two children at the centre of the adventure. However, Paul Rumbelow in particular did an excellent job slipping into the mannerisms of a child as Kai.

Although Vicky Virgo gave a convincing and endearing performance as the ragdoll, her singing voice left much to desire.

A scene deserving of special mention took place when the robber family ran among the audience, stealing handbags and hats and grabbing a member of the audience to join in their dance on stage – children loved it.

Production Information

MAC, Birmingham , November 13-January 2

Author
Neil Duffield
Director
Paul Jonathan Savage
Producer
Mac Productions
Cast
Joy Carradice, Ruth D’Silva, Dan Hagley, Paul Rumbelow, Anna Shearer, Vicky Virgo
Running time
2hrs

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