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The Firework Maker’s Daughter ignites the stage

On Wednesday, despite the ominous looking weather, our West Sussex Copywriter made her way to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, near Chichester, for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s performance of The Firework Maker’s Daughter.

Everything about this performance, from the glow of Chinese lanterns on the stunning South Downs location to the beautiful oriental costumes and masterful puppetry, made Stephen Russell’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book ignite.

The most notable performance was that of Edward Eustace who played Lalchand, the Firework Maker. Just like his performance of Badger in the Youth Theatre’s excellent production of Toad of Toad Hall at Rolls Royce two years ago, Edward was highly entertaining with an engaging stage presence.

Like Edward, Chichester Copywriter’s favourite character was Hamlet the white elephant. A simple yet genius construction using a paper head and white umbrellas brought us an elephant that was as funny as he was wise and who acted as loyal friend and advisor to main character Lila and her wayward friend Chulak.

Within this mythical and magical Chinese kingdom there were scenes of dark intensity in Razvani the Fire Fiend’s grotto with its devilish fire imps and eerie speaking ghosts. But there were joyous scenes of festivity with singing pirates and New Year’s celebrations. It was with these celebrations and a fitting fireworks display that the play culminated and it was simply stunning to see the smiles on children’s faces illuminated by the dazzling colours bouncing off the South Downs sky.

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2 Responses to The Firework Maker’s Daughter ignites the stage

  1. kirstie says:

    My sister in law made the costumes. xxx Unfortunately I was unable to get a ticket as they were all completely sold out. But I hear it was a great performance.

  2. katylassetter says:

    Wow, well done to her, the costumes were fab! The whole thing was fab, in fact!

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