Theatre review: Edward Scissorhands @ The Mayflower (03/03/2015)
16th March 2015
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★★★★☆ The Tim Burton classic is brought to life on the stage at the Mayflower Theatre. Directed and choreographed by the legendary Matthew Bourne, the wordless semi-classical ballet is a new take on the 1990 movie, Edward Scissorhands. It is an independent piece of art to the movie starring Johnny Depp, yet one that holds onto familiar characters, emotional states and relationships.
Dominic North as Edward is fascinating to watch. His performance is equal parts comedy and poignancy. The way in which he has adapted the classic character to this new production is fantastic and with Bourne’s choreography he expresses the character with an innate delicacy and grace.
Edward’s innocence is portrayed in an endearing manner as he struggles to belong in the suburban American setting, like a child looking for love and belonging. The fickleness of the Hope Springs community comes through in such an authentic manner with the rest of the cast as they pick Edward up just as quickly as they drop him back down again.
Speaking of Hope Springs, the fictional setting of both the movie and New Adventures theatrical production, Lez Brotherston’s designs are worth the ticket price alone. From the superb capturing of American suburbia to the intricate detail on Edwards suit, the production is visually enthralling throughout. A multitude of complex set changes keep it interesting, which is especially poignant in a performance without words. The 1950s hues, cheerleaders in pink and the cheating housewives, give the performance the authenticity it needs down to every final detail.
The soundtrack is luscious and grandiose yet quirky and intricate in it’s Bernstein and Gershwin influenced American jazz arrangement.
Perfectly accompanied by the impeccable choreography - including some bizarre dancing topiary - the production is a wonderful example of fantastic story-telling through the medium of dance.
For those fans of the Tim Burton original, take the time to see this new take on the well loved film, you won’t regret it.