The Animals and Children took to the Streets is a show created by 1927 which tells the story of Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf is always at the door.
On entering the theatre, I notice the very simple yet spectacular onstage set; Three white canvas screens, with a city protected onto them with other incredible animations projected onto them throughout the show. The film & animation designer; Paul Barritt made it as though the children he created had personality and were part of the whole production. All the props were perfectly placed in time with each projection change. The cast really made everything come to life. Their timing with the set was superb and made it as though the set and cast were as one. Felicity Sparks, Genevieve Dunne and Rowena Lennon all made their multiple characters unique, individual. In my opinion the best character - voiced by James Addie and played by Rowena Lennon - was the caretaker as his personality and dull tone were comedic. Lennon really captured the characters “depressed” yet comical character. Felicity Sparks, as well as playing the piano, which really set the atmosphere of every scene very well, played all her characters exquisitely. Finally, Genevieve Dunne, who mainly played Agnes Eaves really committed to her characters fully. Her characters were completely different; one coming from a more privileged background and another coming from a not so privileged background. Two totally different and played so well. The costume changes from each scene were extremely fast and on time. Each costume (designed by Esme Appleton & Sarah Munro) fitting each character bringing everything together and showing the difference in character. They also shed the difference in class perfectly.
This Show Gets:
Overall, this show is visually breathtaking and fantastic