Review: balletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin

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By Amanda Ward
Theatre Reviewer for What’s On Hub

I have just spent a delightful evening at Hull New Theatre captivated by Ballet LORENT’s latest production – Rumpelstiltskin. I was not sure what to expect to be honest, but being based on the Grimm’s fairy tale I knew to expect a great story.

Don’t go to this production expecting a classic ballet. Instead, expect to be treated to a stunning display of contemporary ballet from a company with a difference.

Ballet LORENT pride themselves on being “inter-generational”. The cast included the professional company supported by ‘graduates’ of their schools outreach programme, together with older local performers. Indeed the children who performed this evening were enchanting and a delight to watch.

I won’t go into the story, but if you see this production don’t expect the Ladybird books version. Ballet Lorent’s version has a dark side to contrast the glitter of the spun gold. Act One leaves you feeling so sad for the exiled Rumpelstiltskin; left to fend for himself and shunned by the adults, his plight really tore at the heart.

The story has been re-written by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and a copy of the story is included in the programme in a font suitable for young children to read. There were many children in the audience all of whom were as captivated as the adults.

The calibre of the production team is impressive. BAFTA and Emmy-Winners for costume and established composers made for a fantastic production. The choreography was slick, clean and understandable. The scenery simple, effective and inspiring although my heart was in my mouth at some of the movement by the professional cast members who danced higher up on wobbly rigging – That took some skill.

The only downside to this excellent production is that it is a mid-week show. It’s for families and if this had been on at the weekend, I feel sure it would have almost sold out.

And there’s only been two showings at Hull New Theatre. The one last night, and one at 1:30pm today (Friday). But it’s going to Doncaster in October and I recommend taking a trip as you and any child you take along will be captivated.

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