REVIEW: Hare And Tortoise, Crucible Studio

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TAKE a classic tale, two talented actors and an intimate performance space.

What do you get? The answer is this splendid production of a much-loved Aesop’s fable.

From the moment the audience stepped into The Studio, they were delighted. A guitar-playing Hare greeted them as he eagerly waited for his pal the Tortoise to stir from hibernation.

The simple set was cleverly used as the Tortoise awoke and proceeded to keep the Hare waiting. The pals skipped through the seasons in the build-up to the big race.

The story amused and enchanted as it plotted the themes of opposition, friendship and patience.

Not a moment was wasted as the 55-minute production flew by. Thanks to the comic timing of Luisa Guerreiro, the Tortoise and the talent of the Hare, Barnaby Southgate, both parents and children were given a treat. Credit to production partners Tutti Frutti and the York Theatre Royal for their creative and thoughtful touches which made the fable so charming.

Congratulations also to former Crucible writer-in-residence Brendan Murray, for his excellent adaptation of the tale. And when the show was over, the characters waited outside The Studio to dish out programmes which doubled as a Hare and Tortoise race game.

It was a typically thoughtful touch from a most engaging production.

Rob Hollingworth