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Theatre REVIEW: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings - ★★★★


In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings. After consulting with the neighbour – who’s an expert on all things magic – the couple decide to shelter him in the chicken coop and feed him with food scraps. A wise woman says he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims flock to see him.


Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez's darkly comic tale, the show taps into both the best and worst of mankind, wryly examining the human response to those who are weak, dependent, and different.


Using a combination of music, puppetry and live video projection this magic-realist gem is brought to the stage with beautiful, strange, emotional richness.


“Brilliantly, wittily, inventively told” - The Wee Review


Riverbank Arts Centre and Dan Colley

Ireland

 

Where?


Traverse Theatre - Part of Imaginate Festival



MIX UP REVIEWS:


Myles (Age 11) - ★★★1/2


Georgie (Age 7) - ★★★★★

"I liked it all, some of it was a wee bit scary, I liked when the wings where flapping and when he done a loop de loop. I also like the song, it was a good show. "


Mylo (Age 15) - ★★★★

"I really enjoyed this performance and thought that it was very unique with its incredibly interesting techniques as to convey an oddly thought provoking story. The sounds they created were astonishing and these were manipulated to be brilliant. Moreover, the music was used incredibly effectively and it truly enhanced the performance. Overall, I've never seen anything like it before and I very much enjoyed it, especially the performances of both actors who are clearly very talented."


Ailie (Age 13) - ★★★★

"I liked the play because of the way they used the props as a way of telling a story. I also liked the fact the actors played every role possible by changing their voice. Another reason this show was good is the way they recorded things before it and played them at the same time as one of them was talking. I also liked one of them was doing all the talking and the other was producing the sound effects and bringing props. The thing I didn't like as much was the storyline as it didn't make much sense to me and it wasn't that interesting. Overall I rate this show four stars."


Archie (Age 10) - ★★★★

"It was intriguing with very beautiful music. I liked the puppets and angel sent from heaven."


Maddie (Age 9) - ★★★★

"I liked the theatre set and thought the story was great."


Stewart - ★★★★★

"Excellent dream like atmospheric show with some wonderful use of music. Takes some odd choices for a kids show but it pays off, engrossing stuff, and great use of props."









 



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