Review: The Snow Child, De Grey Ballrooms, York

The Snow Child
The Snow Child

Playwright and television scriptwriter Emma Reeves was invited to adapt Russian folk tale The Snow Child for a Tutti Frutti and York Theatre Royal and the result is an enchanting production for the whole family to enjoy.

Mei Mac, played the wild, free Snow Child with child-like glee and enthusiasm; her movements as light and delicate as a whirling snowflake, enchanting her young audience. Paula James took on the role of Mother, with Mark Pearce playing Father.

The De Grey Rooms Ballroom was a perfect setting for this delightful play, with natural light streaming onto the stage area from all angles, creating a light and airy space for the actors to tell their tale.

The set, as always, in true Tutti Frutti style, held some secrets, where scary creatures appeared, then disappeared in the blink of an eye; loved the clever use of the broomsticks too.

Small children sat snuggled up safely on mum or dad’s knee, eyes as wide as saucers as the Snow Child came to life. Engaging choreography, Joanne Bernard, and atmospheric music composed by Oliver Birch along with stellar performances from the three actors, ensured that the audience’s attention never wavered.

At its heart, Snow Child was about the challenges faced by parents and children when a child is ‘different’, and really made you reflect.