Theatre review: The Boy who Lost Christmas

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Boy who Lost Christmas at Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88), reviewed by Claire Smith

It’s hard to put on a full-scale theatrical production in a cold dark cellar, but this young company had a good crack at it.

Theirs is a slightly old-fashioned tale – of a frightened boy who accidentally wishes there was no Christmas and who causes the stars to disappear from the sky and the world to fall into chaos.
Flying through the sky with his teddy bear, the little boy must seek out the light and bring Christmas back to the world.

The young actors barely speak, telling their story with puppets, light shows, lanterns, torches and a giant parachute. A recorded narrative tells the story. The pre-recorded backing track makes the performance slightly lacking in spontaneity, but there is enough imagery, colour and movement to keep even the younger members of the audience entranced.

The whole production has a dream-like quality and the young cast show an impressive level of concentration.

It is very touching too that these performers from the Young Actors Company have chosen to put on a free show, but collect money afterwards for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Until 25 August. Today 2pm

More info: The Boy Who Lost Christmas is at The Caves

Originally published in The Scotsman

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