Written and Directed by Teresa Ludovico
This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, presented by
the acclaimed Italian theatre company Teatro Kismet and co-produced by
the Playhouse, is a visual treat for all ages.
The audience, which comprised mainly children, were enthralled throughout
by the sheer energy of the performers - be they acrobats, dancers or even
those wearing facemasks on their bottoms!
You know you are going to be treated to something unusual even before
the curtain rises when you take your seat while a giant man on stage talks
gobbledegook in Italian and English while feverishly trying to pull his
The story revolves around the imprisonment of Kay (Alberto Prandini)
by the wicked Japanese-like Snow Queen (Elisabeeta di Terlizzi) in her
ice palace, who freezes his heart. She is covered in a huge white sheet,
which extends from the stage to the ceiling. His friend Little Gerda then
sets out in pursuit of him, meeting fantastic creatures, such as flower
people, and overcoming various sorts of danger while on her quest.
Other fascinating elements in the production directed by Teresa Ludovico
include heads on poles festooning the stage, superb lighting effects and
stirring electronic and ambient music.
But best of all is the wondrous and magical falling of snow, which lasted
for nearly five minutes, near the end of this tale to remember.