Charming show has real fairytale feeling

Nan (Alicia McKenzie), Rafi (Isaac Stanmore) andON STAGE Rapunzel (Gayle Newbolt) in action in Tutti Frutti's Rapunzel.
Nan (Alicia McKenzie), Rafi (Isaac Stanmore) andON STAGE Rapunzel (Gayle Newbolt) in action in Tutti Frutti's Rapunzel.
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Keeping the attention of the youngest theatre-goers is no small task, but Tutti Frutti had most entranced with their charming production of Rapunzel.

With simple staging and a cast of just four, they invited the audience at Lawrence Batley Theatre to make full use of their imaginations and enter into a delightful fairytale world filled with music and dance.

In the centre of the theatre was the home Rapunzel shares with Nan, and the show’s staging in the round made it feel as though we were taking a peek inside.

Children in the audience soon began to join in with the show’s central song, shouting out Rapunzel’s age as each year passed.

They looked on in awe as a glowing moon travelled over their heads, and giggled with delight as Nan (Alicia McKenzie) danced around the stage or Rapunzel was showered with glitter.

Gayle Newbolt was wonderful as the curious Rapunzel, charting her joys and sadness during her childhood years in the tower.

And the friendship she develops with Rafi (Isaac Stanmore) – her only link to the world down below – was heartwarming.

Musician Louise Goodwin wandering through the theatre playing the violin and joining in with the songs added to the magical feel of the show.

This unique children’s play was thought-provoking, uplifting and, above all, truly enjoyable. GM