In The Second Star To The Right, we journey with Wendy to a strange and dreamlike Neverland, where the Lost Boys share their tender and touching tales with a young girl coming to terms with her impending womanhood.
Paper’s Weight are an emerging offshoot of the acclaimed Belt Up Theatre company; a young, all-female ensemble who share the traits and qualities of their parent. The performance therefore happens in and around the audience, as the Pierrette-esque Lost Boys beckon us to Neverland and crouch amongst us as the tales unfold.
Taking place in Belt Up’s House Above installation at C Soco, the air is filled with mist and magic as the Boys tell their stories, the setting, script and performances creating a bittersweet and mysterious mood.
The performances are gentle and sweet, particularly from the young actress playing Wendy; although sometimes the sound design threatens to drown out some of the quieter-spoken lines.
The whole piece has an otherworldly magic of its own, however, and it is genuinely touching in places.
Paper’s Weight should feel proud of the subtly mysterious land they have created, and deserve to continue long down their path of graceful physical theatre and interactive storytelling.
Ticket information is available on the Fringe website.
Review by Keith D