Rachael Wass

Theatre review : Around the World in 80 Days

There is nothing like a trip to the theatre to make yourself feel intelligent and cultured, yet going to the theatre and being transported across the world is something else entirely. The spectacular production ‘Around the World in 80 Days‘ is just over midway through its 6 month UK tour, and recently came to Liverpool’s very own Playhouse. Although it has already passed onto the next city in the tour, any chance to see this fun-loving show is a definite MUST.

The famous story-line is as follows: Phileas Fogg, an aristocratic Londoner, makes a bet with some friends that he can travel around the world in 80 days (a case of doing what it says on the tin!) The play follows Mr Fogg through his journey and adventure as he encounters multiple obstacles that hinder his progress. To travel the world on stage seems an impossible task, yet the combination of the use of stage space, a minimal amount of props, and very clever choreography captures the essence of what it means to travel,  portraying a real sense of adventure.

The whole production was perfection throughout, and everything relied on the sheer efficiency of timing. Movement director Beverly Edmunds and sound designers James Earls-Davis and Alex Day worked together to create a seamless coordination of action. Music and special effect sounds were interweaved with the action leaving a flawless performance from those both on and off stage. The movement on stage was slick and cleanly choreographed to the finest details, yet appeared to come with such ease and fluidity. The use of mime and sleight of hand magic made this show seem like a retreat back into the wonders of childhood, where every move was captivating.

Finally, as 18 and 19 year old university students, we are not ashamed to say that we did not stop smiling throughout the whole show, and even go as far to say that it is one of the best productions we have ever seen!


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