This isn’t the only area of the show that was confusing, as it felt like the King, played by Will Castle, thought it was a pantomime and everyone else was performing some really lovely family theatre. This may be because there was no designated choreographer despite there being multiple dances, or the fact that most of the time Castle was moving around the space at double the speed of everyone else for no apparent reason. If such bold choices are to be made there needs to be clear intention and objective to support it and unfortunately Eastern Angles were lacking in that on this occasion.
Maia Elsey was the saving grace in her role of ‘The Girl’ as she created the much needed moments of stillness and silence on stage to combat the overstimulating and often cringey sensation provided by all other departments. Her emotional range was smoothly navigated and at no point seemed melodramatic, she had comforting stage presence and seemed to be the glue of the company, and to top it off her voice was amazing. I really enjoyed listening to her sing which is a high compliment given how underwhelming Patrick Dineen’s music and lyrics were.
It’s such a shame as this show had the potential to be very well done but ultimately it wasn’t a successful theatre experience as there are too many flaws compared to the few positives.
This show was reviewed on the 8th December 2023. Rumplestiltskin runs at Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich until the 6th January 2024. Tickets available here: Rumplestiltskin | Eastern Angles
Review written by Katie McConnell
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