This weekend I was treated to a ticket to go and see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardobe at the 360 theatre.
I had never been to that theatre before but absolutely love the story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. As someone trying out in the world of writing novels for young adults - this story blows me away on so many levels. I feel there are ways we can all be inspired by it but I struggle to see someone coming up with a better story.....pushing my opinions on that aside..........
The 360 theatre is an amazing venue. It seats about 1500 all in a circle with a round stage in the middle. Like a lot of stages there are trap doors to help set up and remove scenery, and there are revolving sections to the stage. All of this is enclosed in a giant tent that is used to project images all around you. The effects are simply amazing.
The snow scenes were amazing, I think the snow was tiny bubbles in the end so there is no mess, and nothing stuck in your hair as you leave........the costumes are done in quite a minimalist but very fetching way. Mrs Beaver for example has a costume made up of a few hoops so the body moves in a very swishy wiggly way - which doesn't sound very technical but does look very effective. The trees are people dressed up, walking on stilts and Aslan is operated by three people, in a very similar fashion to the how the horses were operated in the War Horse, this gives for an interactive, effective looking Lion without the need for major props. As with any theatre production, the acting is over the top but it does not spoil.
The scene were you think Aslan is going to die is absolutely stand out, very moving, very effective and very loud.
Quite frankly, a wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening!