Magical family shows come to the theatre

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Sheffield theatres have two magical family shows on next week, writes Julia Armstrong.

Slava’s Snow Show takes the viewer into a strange and fascinating world, a combination of a dream and a snowglobe.

I saw the show in Bradford and it is in turns puzzling and hilarious and works on adult and child levels.

Yellow and green clowns move slowly through their strange and almost silent world, performing odd little rituals and encountering strange new objects and situations.

You slowly get drawn in through the skill of the international team of clowns, who change around their roles for different shows.

Then, just before the interval, a gigantic cobweb envelops the audience, who realise that they will have to fight their way out if they want the loo or an ice cream!

The clowns began the second act by clambering all over the seats, spraying water everywhere and getting the audience to play with them.

At the end of the show, one tiny piece of paper begins a heartstopping blizzard of snow that showers the whole auditorium.

Slava’s Snow Show is at the Lyceum in Sheffield next Wednesday to Sunday. The show is not suitable for under eights and no under twos are admitted.

Over at The Montgomery in Surrey Street, Lewis Carroll’s classic tales Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass are being brought to life with storytelling, puppetry, circus and a bit of old-fashioned theatrical magic.

Colourful costumes are offset against a striking, multi-level monochrome set, styled as an open book. Talented actors share the stage with intricately-crafted puppets, from a miniature Alice to a selection of creatures that could only be found in Wonderland.

One of the cast is Becky Kitter, well known for her children’s television work on Grandpa in my Pocket and Ha Ha Hairies.

Alice in Wonderland comes to The Montgomery on Tuesday at 7pm and Wednesday at 1pm. More details from www.TheMontgomery.org.uk.

Box office for both shows: 0114 249 6000 or go to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Go to www.thestar.co.uk to see a video chat with two of the Slava’s Snow Show clowns.