Reviews on Play Productions Across the Years

Love Lies Bleeding

‘The entire audience reeled under the impact of a rich tapestry of dream-like sequences in a performance of spell-binding simplicity, full of gesture, grace & dignity, in a riveting one and a half hour performance. Sound, movement and lighting combined to produce something very precious and infinitely moving. A production which defies description and does not need analysis but has to be experienced first hand.’

(Kenilworth Weekly News at the RSC’s Swan Theatre)

‘A perfect synthesis of lighting, costume, soundtrack, set and venue, with a soundtrack that makes Star Wars look like a model of restraint, this is the most impressive production on the Fringe, suggesting a budget of several hundred thousand pounds, when in fact the company receives no grant. A profoundly moving experience’

(The List at the Fringe)

‘The choreography, costumes and lighting are all excellent … quite simply the best I’ve ever seen at the Fringe’

(Scotsman at the Fringe)

‘A remarkable piece of theatre. The evening constantly challenges & the result is a moving & absorbing show. Kaleidoscope achieves everything through mime, dance, music & costume. The central characters gesture with extraordinary range, innocent & untainted by theatrical cliche. Kaleidoscope delivers all this single-handed on a tight budget and rehearsal schedule. If theatre for you means the finely-tuned soliloquy or finely-turned repartee, allow Love Lies Bleeding to test your view. Kaleidoscope taxes both intellectually as well as emotionally. Here an integrated company produces fresh, exciting work.’

(Financial Times at the RSC’s Swan Theatre)

‘An epic and timeless tale unfolds with mesmerising pace. A powerful and evocative piece of theatre.’

(The List at the Fringe)

Yarnspinners

‘An incredibly uplifting performance was given by Kaleidoscope Theatre in its production Yarnspinners last night. The faeriefolk bring light and warmth to the stage and are truly captivating as they move elegantly and softly. The performance is visually stunning. The costumes are perfect, as is the music, and clever use of lighting makes the play magical. Altogether the performance was utterly enchanting and was it just me or did it smell good too?’

(Jersey Evening Post at the Arts Centre)

‘Kaleidoscope Theatre proves itself a master of fairytale telling in this epic and thrilling production – the natural heir to Tolkein and the Grimms. This is a classic struggle between good and evil – stunning to watch in the hands of these talented performers.’

(The Stage at the Fringe)

‘Exquisite movement, music and lighting weaves a web of magic over audiences. Quite entrancing theatre’

(Herald at the Fringe)

Dickens in the Bard’s Domain – The Chimes

‘Easter may not seem to be an ideal time to run a version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol but this did not concern a packed audience for Kaleidoscope’s The Chimes, which was probably the best thing seen at the Swan Theatre since Henry VI. A serious and wonderfully choreographed interpretation. It was no surprise that RSC stalwart and Harry Potter star David Bradley was tremendous as a gaunt, softly spoken Scrooge. His, however, was just one of many fine performances. The tale was clearly and graphically told through the elegant movement of the performers.

This was no Disney-style version of a Dickens’ classic novel rather it concentrated on the darker side of the story and its none-too-subtle social comment. The children, Ignorance & Want, who are often left out of film and stage versions, made an appearance and there was a thoughtful scene which equated nationalistic fervour with the ignoring of the problems of poverty and deprivation in society. Some of Kaleidoscope’s actors happen to have Downs Syndrome but to say that this made the performance all the more remarkable would be to miss the point because, in this case, the play was definitely the thing’

(Stratford Herald at the RSC’s Swan Theatre)

‘What was presented in front of us was truly amazing. I have not been so deeply moved in the theatre for many a long day.’

(Birmingham Post at the RSC’s Swan Theatre)

‘Comedy and tragedy, laughter and sorrow, decadence and decay and love and death. When these themes are presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre sharp edges blur and what is reality and what is just perception move closer together. Blended together on stage with a powerful soundtrack, mime and imagery, the result is a rich dish which works well as the story of human nature unfolds. A subtle and thoughtful piece of theatre.’

(Jersey Evening Post at The Opera House)