June 14, 2004

Review: Treasure Island, Playbox Theatre

Writing about web page http://www.playboxtheatre.com/index2.php

I went to see my goddaughter in a production of Treasure Island at the Playbox Theatre, Dream Factory, Warwick, yesterday. At eight years old she had a non-speaking role as one of the urchins, and did well to be selected from over 200 children who applied for her part.

There were lots of explosions and high drama as the voyage on the Hispaniola began. It was excellently executed, from the costumes and script, through to the direction and lighting. There were unique character performances in a small but amply sized theatre in a great purpose built facilility. All the actors were under 25 and some roles played with a proffessionalism and creativity that was suprising.

Well worth a visit, and if anyone has children who are dramatically inclined, weekly satellite workshops in Kenilworth and Warwick train children in speech, drama and a wide range of related skills. It has really helped my god-daughter develop not only in her skills but also in her confidence, and she is in an environment where her potential can be realised as she grows up.

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