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Hats off to the young cast and crew of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, a rip-roaring adventure story beginning and ending in Victorian England, but spanning continents in between!
From the moment of arrival, the audience were taken on a magical journey, through passport control, to take their seats in the Assembly Hall for the trip of a lifetime! This classic tale follows the protagonist Phileas Fogg, a stiff-upper-lipped Englishman perfectly portrayed by Angus Cockburn and his loyal, funny and very French valet Passepartout (Alfie Barton’s accent was superbe!) as they rush to win a bet that they can traverse the globe in 80 days.
On the way we meet some fantastic – and fantastical – characters, from the colourful Indian bazaars to a Hong Kong opium den and a Wild West shootout!
Our intrepid duo travel by boat, train and even an elephant – wonderfully transported to the Assembly Hall stage. The circus in Japan was a particular highlight, complete with acrobatic troupe and the choreography throughout was original and perfectly executed. Inspectors Fix and Fax provided a hilariously slapstick approach to sleuthing and Elsie Ashby’s Aouda was the perfect love interest to thaw Fogg’s icy demeanour.
With scenes set in so many exotic locations, Mrs Stones’ costumes were incredible, and the transitions all seemed effortless, indicating an extremely slick backstage operation.
Bravo to all!