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Well, the Edinburgh buzz was right again. I missed this during the fringe so followed my instincts (and whatsonstage.com’s recommendation) and headed to Croydon Warehouse Theatre (Croydon? well, it’s only 20 mins away!) and boy am I glad I did.

I can’t remember the last time I saw something so inventive. This young company zip through Ovid’s tales using every theatrical trick in the book from mime to puppetry to projections with great use of  songs and music by Lucy Egger. It took me a short while to get into it (I think it would have been a good idea to remind myself of the stories in advance) but when it gets hold of you it never let’s go.

There’s a simplicity to much of the staging, but that takes nothing away from the creativity of Peter Bramley’s direction and design. The Second World War setting is inspired, as is the use of screens for all sorts of purposes including scene changes. The props have a charming home-made feel. The seven performers are so good they all deserve a mention – Jonathan Davenport, Jo Dockery, Mabel Jones, Joseph Mann, Alex Parker, Hannah Pierce and Eloise Secker!

I think they should drop the unnecessary interval, which might improve the bar profits but hinders the flow a little, and maybe take a look at the ending to see if  they could make it less abrupt. Otherwise, a treat which reminded me of the first time I saw Kneehigh (I mean the excitement not similarity) and I can’t wait to see Pants on Fire (what a great name for a theatre company!) again.

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