2Faced Dance Company has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for its tenth visit. The year, exploring What The Moon Saw, inspired by the tale by Hans Christian Anderson. This magical adventure, reimagined through the world of Jack, sees the rediscovery of the joy that colour can bring to life.
The production successfully incorporated dance, theatre and circus for a younger audience. The three dancers, Louis Parker-Evans, Samuel Buswell and Jason Boyle create fantastic and fun roles which engage and entertain the audience. Sam Buswell as Jack is introduced at the start. As we were queuing to enter the space, Jack – apparently ready for bed in his onesy- was considering whether scooting down the stairs was a good idea. Creating a fantastic rapport with the children was the intent from the outset.
Introduced to Jack’s home, through a fantastic set design by Yann Seabra, it is possible to watch children and adults in the audience empathising with the arduous task of a child falling to sleep at night. Louis Parker-Evans brings the character of dad to life, as well as other characters.
Through Jack’s bedtime adventures, the tale takes us into a world where crayons don’t colour. We accompany Jack on adventures to regain yellow, red and blue. Through the adventures we are introduced to the man in the moon. Incorporated within the set as the audience enter, seated in a hoop. The circus skills which unfold leave the audience mesmerised. This graceful character complementing the high energy of Jack, as we are left exhausted by the dance and movement which accompanies each story.
If Seren and I were to agree on a favourite part, it would be of the dragon. So cleverly created using two actors, accompanied by fantastic costume. We also agreed that at nine she was probably a little too old for this production. Yes, as an adult it was beautiful and the heartwarming themes of this world which is better by the colour which creates it, is not lost. But this feels like a production for the under-7’s. For Seren the tale needed more, or the pace needed to increase. Once it was understood where each adventure was heading, Seren was already there.
For the younger audience you could clearly see how hypnotised they were by the movement and creation of colour. With a beautiful score by Angus MacRae bringing the piece together, What The Moon Saw succeeds in creating the element of delight. The added joy is brought as the audience is invited to the stage at the conclusion of the performance. Invited to add more colour to the set, or take selfies with the characters.
What The Moon Saw is at ZOO Southside at part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch is at 1100 until Sunday 26th August 2018.
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