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Snow Play review at Lighthouse Poole

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I wish I was a kid again then I could have joined in the snowball-slinging 50 minutes of sheer delight that was Snow Play without drawing undue attention.

Lyngo Theatre’s winter family show is aimed specifically at younger children between three and eight years old (and their parents), although unaccompanied adults will have a good time too.

It played to sell out audiences in London last year and it’s easy to see why it’s perfect for the Christmas slot in Poole Lighthouse’s studio space.

Italian theatre practitioner Marcello Chiarenza has crafted a wonderful piece incorporating physical comedy, circus skills and mime and Carlo Capelli’s music sounds like sleigh bells.

The story of sun-loving Mr Green’s return from holiday to find Mr White squatting in his house, gradually filling it with snow, is simple to follow and absolutely enchanting to watch as battle commences for possession of the property.

Tall and icicle thin, Frank Wurzinger plays Mr White with an unhurried, otherworldly innocence that contrasts beautifully with Andrew Irvine’s frenetic, arm-whirling Mr Green.

Their physical difference – Wurzinger towers head and shoulders over the stockier Irvine – works well, making Mr Green’s attempts to evict Mr White physically very funny.

But Snow Play is less about watching and more about taking part.

“Snow” is liberally distributed among the audience – later to be returned as snowballs – parents are called into service on stage and youngsters invited to help build snow men and sweep up snowfall.

This is just snow much fun.

Production Information

Lighthouse, Poole, December 1-24

Marcello Chiarenza
Patrick Lynch
Lyngo Theatre in collaboration with the Lyric Hammersmith
Cast includes
Andrew Irvine, Frank Wurzinger
Running time

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