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The Lost Gift review at the Warwick Arts Centre – ‘immersive adventure’

The Lost Gift at Warwick Arts Centre. Photo: Alex Brenner The Lost Gift at Warwick Arts Centre. Photo: Alex Brenner

For little wriggle-bottoms who might not be able to sit still for the duration of an entire performance, physical theatre company Highly Sprung have just the ticket. During their Christmas show for children, The Lost Gift, the audience is immersed in the theatrical experience, rather than merely observing. This interactive Christmassy adventure is like a long, unusual trip to Santa’s grotto, observing the magical delights of the Winter’s End festival rather than the fat man in red.

Traversing an imaginative land with excellent design aspects by Vortex Creates, the children connect with the cast and the enchanting winter wonderland scenery. There is a hilarious explorer stuck up an icy mountain, a captivating sparkly snowflake-maker and an enchanting Ice Queen, who helps the children unlock the secret they’ve been searching for.

Whether donning fleecy scarves and playing in soft snow, connecting twinkly lights or reciting seasonal spells, the little ones are fully engaged in their quest to solve the mystery of the show. On a deeper level, they are sharing creative experiences, making social connections and thinking for themselves about the real magic of Christmas. It’s a well-constructed piece: an enjoyable experience for an afternoon of festive fun, but also educational, full of creative magic spun by this wonderful company.

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Verdict
An engaging festive experience that makes a great alternative to simply visiting Santa’s grotto
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