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Theatre Review: Fairytales for Grown Ups - The Devil's Purse

By Anna Rogers | 5th July 2016

Fairytales for Grown Ups, York Theatre Royal

Fairytales for Grown Ups, York Theatre Royal

Every once in a while something extra special comes along and makes you sparkle from the inside out. This week, for me, it was having the privilege of being an audience member for the gorgeously charming one-off performance of The Crick Crack Club. Combining magical, haunting and melodic Nordic inspired music, played effortlessly by the superbly talented Bridget Marsden and Lief Ottosson, we were taken on an expertly crafted storytelling journey by Dominic Kelly.

The stage is stripped bare with no need at all for props of any kind - imagination being the richest prop of all , except for three single chairs for the musicians and Kelly to occasionally use. The simplicity of this makes for a truly inspired performance, proving less is more and that going back to basics enriches the storytelling aspect of theatre.

You could hear a pin drop as Kelly lead us into an enchanted world of faeries, ‘the others’ , magic, mischief and the simple human folk swept up in its curiousity. The room was filled with anticipation and excitement and that only continued to build as the stories flowed into the next and the next. The use of a story within a story, is so cleverly executed by Crick Crack, you find yourself forgetting which story it all began with, until Kelly gently and creatively guides you back to where it all began.

Combining magical, haunting and melodic Nordic inspired music, played effortlessly by the superbly talented Bridget Marsden and Lief Ottosson, we were taken on an expertly crafted storytelling journey by Dominic Kelly.

Crick Crack Club use traditional fairytale methods yet somehow make them fresh and original, allowing you to make the action and images up for yourself with a little help from the accordion and violin creating: an atmosphere of wonder and magic. I honestly adored the music, it took my mind to into the world Kelly was describing and left me feeling child like and smiling for a ridiculously long time afters.

The dazzling peculiar tales involving the devil, greed,cobbler faeries,the others, love and humourous ditties made the fairy tales dark but laced with light , mixing the adult world beautifully into fairytales – just as they should be.

I honestly didn’t want the evening to end because I was so engrossed and caught up in the magic and beauty played out before me.

Crick Crack deserve the highest praise for making the art of storytelling so life affirming and wonderful, performed with sterling energy and delicately spreading spangled magic into the studio and into the hearts of the audience.

Storytelling is well and truly alive and blooming – I cannot wait to see more from Crick Crack . If you get the chance to see this company perform I urge you to not miss it. You will be a little more wiser and a little more innocent when you leave the performance and your imagination will be running wild!

Crick Crack Club
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