Edward Scissorhands

Based on the 1990 Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands has been reimagined by dance visionary Matthew Bourne for the stage and this stunning production consists of powerful storytelling and mesmerising routines throughout, showing that Edward may have scissors for hands, but he has a heart of gold and simply yearns for a happy life.

Firstly, the staging by Lez Brotherston is worthy of a block buster film. Each scene depicts the Middle America suburbia that Edward finds himself thrust into, aswell as the darker moments as we journey with him from his original birthplace to the cemetery and beyond. There is no expense spared and the attention to detail is second to none, even down to umbrellas scattered with rain drops during the opening scene.  It is this level of artistry that elevates Bourne’s productions to some of the best on current UK stages.

Liam Mowers dons the infamous metal shears as Edward and does so quite magnificently.  Every movement is well thought through, with each emotion emblazoned across his face as he encounters people who love him, and people who want rid of him.  In fact, the facial expressions by each of the performers is an important element that drives the story along, and I’m always so impressed at how Bourne is able to tell a story so well without any words.  There is no confusion with what is happening in front of your eyes, you can decipher the storyline purely by expression and that is a true art.

The music and arrangements by Terry Davies offers an eclectic mix of styles throughout with every piece marrying so well to each scene, offering us softer music for the more romantic moments between Edward and love interest Kim Boggs (Ashley Shaw), to more upbeat numbers for the party scenes.

There are so many elements to discuss when watching a Matthew Bourne production as the stage is filled to the brim with incredible talent and beautiful staging.  The costuming in particular, by Lez Brotherston is inspired.  With Edward’s costume being the standout, this is followed up by the most amazing topiary outfits worn by the dancers.  A real spectacle for the eyes.  As well as the many fantastic wigs created at the hands, or should I say scissors of Edward, down to the every day wear, which has a 1950's feel, the overall look is very well executed.

As we navigate our way through Edwards happy moments, we meet many other members of the community he has been taken into thanks to Peg Boggs (Sophia Hurdley), Bill Boggs (Dominic North) and their children Kim (Ashley Shaw) and Kevin (Xavier Andriambolanoro Sotiya).  Particular mention to Nicole Kabera as Joyce Monroe, the vixen of the street who takes a liking to any man who isn’t her husband, played magnificently by Luke Murphy. The comic timing and physicality of the pair was a pleasure to watch.

Edward Scissorhands is a story of acceptance, belonging, innocence, compassion, sadness and wonder and Matthew Bourne’s production certainly is a cut above the rest.

This show was reviewed on the 6th February 2024.  Edward Scissorhands plays at the Birmingham Hippodrome until the 10th February 2024.  Tickets available here: Edward Scissorhands – Birmingham Hippodrome

Full tour details can be found here: https://new-adventures.net/edward-scissorhands 

Review written by Emma Rowley

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Photo credit: Johan Persson

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