REVIEW: The Snow Queen, Barn Theatre, Southwick

S48607H12 ''Some of the cast of Wick Theatre Company's The Snow Queen
S48607H12 ''Some of the cast of Wick Theatre Company's The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen may have been as cold as ice but the production was hot, hot, hot!

Wick Theatre Company’s Christmas show at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, this week has something for everyone.

Although not a pantomime, it does offer the chance for a bit of audience participation, like booing the baddie, though it would have been nice to see people get more involved.

With a reasonably large cast of mixed ages, it gives some of the many youngsters in the company the chance to shine.

The boys, particularly, provide some brilliant comedy moments. Luke Mepham and Ted Gibbs had us in hysterics last night (Thursday, December 13) as the guards to the palace, while Nathan Attree and Oliver Yates provided laughs as a pair of swallows.

The story comes from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, adapted for the stage by director Amy Curtis. She also takes care of props, set dressing and projection design, producing a colourful version that adapts well to the stage.

Claire Harding in the lead role of Gerda, who has to journey through the seasons to find her friend Kai, makes an excellent effort to come across as a little girl.

Others who shine included Isi Fink as the robber girl, one of the autumn sisters, and Will MacDonald as the prince with a big ego, alongside Alys Bowerman as the summer princess.

But possibly the biggest hit with the audience last night was Varg the Destroyer, who was “a little short” hopeful for the summer princess’s hand in marriage. It was, in fact, little Lochlan Steddon, the baby of cast members Anna Quick and Guy Steddon, complete with mini sword.

The production carried us across the lands through spring, summer and autumn to winter, where the Snow Queen held Kai captive.

Charlotte Blandford is suitably menacing as the wicked sister who wanted to take over the world.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable production from Wick Theatre Company and runs until tomorrow (Saturday).