REVIEW: A treat for young and old

TSF's performance of Heaven Eyes, adapted from the novel by David Almond.
TSF's performance of Heaven Eyes, adapted from the novel by David Almond.

Heaven Eyes premiere, at Alnwick Playhouse, Thursday, October 16.

In the programme foreword, author David Almond, the North East writer who adapted his own book for this new production, describes Heaven Eyes as ‘a dark and wet and filthy tale’, but with ‘a lot of light, and a great deal of hope’.

Having seen this new version by Théâtre Sans Frontières, in partnership with the Alnwick Playhouse, I would have to agree.

I would also add that while nominally a children’s book and play, it offers a great deal for both young and old and it was pleasing, I’m sure, for those involved in the production that there were a good number of youngsters in the audience last night.

The performance was by turns funny, fantastic, scary, poignant and sad and as an adult, I found some of the most powerful moments came when each child was alone on stage, trying to come to terms with where they came from.

Those lucky enough to see the premiere, which kicks off a tour around the region, were also able to listen to David Almond as well as director John Cobb during a post-show discussion after the performance.

For full review, see Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette.