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Review: Moving, haunting and full of humour! Edward Scissorhands at Norwich Theatre Royal

Just Regional
Feb 4, 2015 3 mins read

I’m a big Tim Burton fan, so when I heard that Matthew Bourne’s production of Edward Scissorhands was coming to Norwich Theatre Royal I was intrigued to see how this magical film could be brought to the stage. It was also a chance to experience my first Matthew Bourne production – something I have been meaning to do for a long time!

I was not disappointed. Although I haven’t seen the film for a long time, I was immediately transported back to the town of Hope Springs and the familiar characters that live there – albeit the film was set in the late 1980s, where Matthew chose to set his version in 1950s suburbia, complete with nine-to-five dads, desperate housewives, Bible bashers, jocks and cheerleaders.

The set and costume design, characterisation and, of course, Danny Elfman’s music combined together to take you back to the world of Edward Scissorhands, while the story itself, told entirely through music and dance, was quite different from the cinematic version.

Dominic North’s interpretation of Edward’s stilted movements was spot on while not taking away from his obvious dance talent. The Ice Dance is truly magical and the perfect interpretation of Kim’s realisation of mutual love for Edward. But the Farewell dance was most impressive, with the pair performing a seamless combination of lifts and movements which really took my breath away – made all the more impressive when you consider that Dominic had foot long “blades” on the ends of his fingers!

As well as these moving and often haunting pieces, the production was also full of humour. The full cast were regularly all on stage at the same time and it was impossible to catch every little bit of humour, but  I couldn’t help but be drawn to Taverham dancer Alex Sturman, who played the cheeky Sheldon Grubb, complete with pumpkin costume and helicopter hat. He was fantastic and it’s great to see local talent recognised in an international dance/theatre company such as Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

When it comes to comedy, however, femme fatal neighbour Joyce Monroe steals the show. Her sights are clearly set on Edward right from the beginning, leading to a brilliant scene of cat and mouse as she tries to seduce him but is ultimately left alone astride her juddering washing machine!

I started out the day as a Tim Burton fan, now I am also a Matthew Bourne fan. If I had the chance to go and see it again I would in a heartbeat, there was so much going on I think I would be able to have a completely different experience second time round.

Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands runs until Saturday 7 February at 7.30pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £6.50-£38.50. Discounts for Friends, over-60s, under-18s, and groups. Suitable for 10+. Audio-described performance Saturday 7 February at 2.30pm. Box office 01603 630000. For more info or to book online visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk.

Sophie Stainthorpe

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