Friday, 14 December 2012
Theatre review: Feathers in the Snow
Tender Napalm. At times I did wish for a wee bit more subtlety though as it can come across a bit shouty (and much as I find Cerith Flinn adorable it's not like he needs encouragement to overact.) I love the ambition Ridley shows in the scope and political undertone he's given a show aimed at families, although in the second act especially I thought it overreached itself a bit - I found there were a few too many real-world themes jostling for attention, although admittedly this is probably more of an issue to adults watching than to kids.
Also, if we're looking out for recurring Ridley memes: Obviously fairytales, as that's what the whole thing is; just as obviously, the sexual violence doesn't make an appearance. No parents lose their child although the possibility is alluded to a few times. Badly injured legs are very much present and correct. Disappointingly, neither chocolate nor insects are consumed.
Feathers in the Snow by Philip Ridley is booking until the 5th of January at Southwark Playhouse.
Running time: 2 hours including interval.
1without the casual racism