Monday, 2 January 2012
Theatre review: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets
The dark political fairytale also features an unrequited love story between The Bayou's caretaker (voiced by James Addie) and an idealistic newcomer to the estate. The show's political message may not be subtle but it's performed with a light touch and many moments of humour. In what is still a developing new genre, it also features probably the best-coordinated interaction between live actors and animated elements I've seen yet. It's a rather charming show with its own particular aesthetic, and an interesting start to 2012, even if I'm not entirely sure what it's all about.
I saw this with Richard, who has an unusual track record in picking shows with unexpected male nudity in them; before tonight's show started I mentioned that, with an all-female cast, this at least would be an exception. So I got a nudge halfway through the show when a naked cartoon man, running down the street with bouncing genitals, appeared on the screen.
The Animals and Children Took to the Streets by Suzanne Andrade and 1927 is booking until the 3rd of January at the National Theatre's Cottesloe.
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes straight through.