Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves (3 Stars)

Theatre503 and Sleeping Trees present
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves
Theatre503

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – Saturday 7th January 2017

About the show:

“One cold Christmas Eve, Santa and his elves are preparing for another busy night. The reindeer are ready and the sleigh is packed. There’s just one problem; the sleigh won’t start because the Wicked Witch has stolen all the Christmas spirit. In his desperation, Santa looks to the most unlikely of heroes to save the day… the terrifying Ebenezer Scrooge.

Join these performers as they recreate every character you’d expect to meet in a pantomime, as well as some you might not. With Scrooge, Snow White, the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, the seven dwarves, Harry Potter and, of course, Father Christmas, the questions on everyone’s lips are… will Scrooge manage to change his ways and save 2 Christmas? Will the boys make it to Hollywood? And what do the Seven Dwarves have to do with ANY of this?”

Director Simon Evan
Writer/Performer John Woodburn
Writer/Performer James Dunnell-Smith
Writer/Performer Joshua George Smith

Notes Suitable for ages 6+ (babes in arms under 24 months also welcome)

Musician/Composer Ben Hales

Review by Richard Lambert, 3 Stars ***

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If you like stand-up comedy you’ll love this show. And clearly the audience tonight loved it all!

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The Set is ingenious with fold-up, fold-down, and fold-out pieces that are painted cartoon style. Lots of additional set props. So much thought and energy has gone into making this production! The script has many laughs and punchy one-liners.
The lighting by Jai Morjaria is clever and the lighting designer got a lot out of a very basic rig. The costumes are great fun!

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But there’s only so much you can draw out of 3 comedians doing a mash-up of pantomime stories and playing the roles of 30 characters. The Story is like a fly buzzing around a light bulb of fairy-tales. returning to similar spots but also a little irritating without clear direction of a journey.

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Photo credit: David Monteith-Hodge.

The production is funded by Arts Council England.

Running time 90 minutes

Twitter @wesleepingtrees, @theatre503, #Scrooge503

Location Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW, https://theatre503.com/

How to get there Theatre503 is located on above the Latchmere Pub on the corner of Latchmere Road and Battersea Park Road. The nearest underground stations are Sloane Square (on the Bakerloo and Northern lines then bus 319), South Kensington (on the Bakerloo, Northern, Circle and District lines) then bus 49 or 345, and Vauxhall (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines) then bus 34. The nearest rail station is Clapham Junction.

Box Office Tickets are available priced £15 (£12 concessions)

Family ticket £40 (two adults and two children or one adult and three children)

Available from Theatre503 Box Office and https://theatre503.com/, 020 7978 7040.

Sleeping Trees

Sleeping Trees are a trio of multi-medium storytellers whose work is rooted in comedy, mime and live performance. Formed in 2009 whilst at The University of Chichester, the company has made 7 full-length shows to date. The most recent was Western?, a parody of Western films underscored live onstage by Brighton based progressive jazz fusion band The Physics House band. 4

 

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