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The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me

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Clear and simple, Natasha Gilmore’s short piece of dance theatre immerses its under three-years-old audience in a solid old pine forest, where Vince Virr’s athletic Me ventures in search of honey. There, in a set created from sonorous cubes – which turn to reveal different aspects of the forest and hide beautifully conceived forest delights – he meets Poggle and learns not to be frightened of climbing trees.

Virr clicks with his audience from before the start when he whisks around their pine-log seats and cushions with his feather duster. Once they settle and are comfortable in Fred Pommerehn’s intriguing space, musician Daniel Padden Pine Tree opens a succession of small wonderments as he wakes up Jade Adamson’s Poggle, from her high, pine branch nest.

Adamson is a sight to behold in Alison Brown’s cleverly-textured pine cone costume, dotted with rattling little bells. Her rhythmic movements augment Padden’s live music as she and Virr begin to dance and play through the forest.

Ending with everyone crowding onto the stage to help put Poggle to bed – and explore the set’s hidden crannies – this is an immersive piece which opens theatre up for both its young audience and their parents.

  • Macrobert, Stirling
  • December 6-21, then touring until February 13. PN December 6
  • Composer: Daniel Padden
  • Director: Natasha Gilmore
  • Design: Fred Pommerehn set/lighting, Alison Brown costume
  • Choreographer: Natasha Gilmore
  • Technical: Sian MacGregor production manager, Robbie Fraser stage manager
  • Cast: Jade Adamson, Vince Virr
  • Producer: Macrobert, Barrowland Ballet
  • Running time: 40mins

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