Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Hetty Feather Theatre Review

Today is #LoveTheatreDay and people all over the world are coming together to share their theatre experiences, in celebration I have decided to join in on the fun with a review of the stage production of Jacqueline Wilson's 'Hetty Feather'.

Credit: Twitter @HettyLive

After my recent trip to the theatre (read about my Backstage Tour here), I was invited back for the opening night of 'Hetty Feather', the stage adaptation of the best selling Jacqueline Wilson book. When I was younger I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan and have since passed the baton on to my 9 year old niece, Isabella, as soon as I heard about this show I knew she would love to see it too and the lovely Becca at Theatre Royal Plymouth managed to reserve us both a seat for the performance! This theatre trip was a really lovely opportunity to spend time together and I know it's a memory that we will both treasure for a long time.

Following its sell out run in London's West End, Hetty Feather has embarked on a UK Tour. From bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, the show follows the story of Hetty Feather, a fearless and feisty young girl in Victorian England. After being abandoned as an infant, Hetty is sent to a strict Foundling Hospital, in a hope to find her birth mother she comes up with a cunning plan to escape and faces many challenges along the way. The story is jam packed with excitement, thrill and heartbreak which is sure to keep the audience on their toes. The story is accompanied with an original music score by Benji Bower, perfectly reflecting the mood of the production and the era.

Credit: Twitter @HettyLive

The most fascinating part of the production for myself was the incorporation of circus skills, in particular the use of aerial silks and hoops, something which fascinated everyone young and old. The whole set was orientated around the use of circus props and although minimalistic was extremely effective and clever. The cast of the production was also very small with just 6 actors and 2 musicians, all of whom played several roles, therefore the use of costumes was highly important to establish characters, and was also used as a key feature of humour thought the production. The element of a smaller production is clearly evident in the atmosphere of the show and personally I find it a completely different experience to a big production, something that has always fascinated me about the theatre.

As the show was aimed at children (Age 7+) I was a bit unsure as to whether I was going to enjoy it, however through the heart wrenching storyline, incredible circus skills and clever humour I was pleasantly surprised, the whole production was completely unique and the whole audience found themselves laughing throughout, something which was vital to balance out the underlying sorrow of the story. Isabella also loved the show and couldn't stop talking about it on the trip back home. Overall, it was a really lovely performance, executed extremely well and certainly something I would recommend people to see if the opportunity was presented.

To find out more about the production, head to the Hetty Feather Website and don't forget to join in the #LoveTheatreDay fun on Twitter too!

Becca x

 

// I was kindly invited to see this performance by Theatre Royal Plymouth who provided me with a complimentary ticket, however as always all opinions are 100% honest and my own. Photo Credit //

 

1 comment :

  1. I have never heard of Hetty Feather and I loved Jacqueline Wilson! This looked fabulous though, I love a good performance with a twist! Xx

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