Cara Mahoney as Wendy is an incredibly engaging stage presence ably partnered by Emma Taylor as Wombat.
Cara Mahoney as Wendy is an incredibly engaging stage presence ably partnered by Emma Taylor as Wombat. Though these two performers represent the full extent of the cast (and pretty much the set too), this sparseness is never felt.
It’s listed under Theatre, but I’d also encourage parents to consider Newton’s Cauldron for their kids. The tone is perfect for the awkward 8-11 group who are old enough to feel patronised if talked down to but may still need to be entertained in order to keep their attention. Here, the action and humour is quick enough to keep the energy up and the subject matter of the play varied enough to offer tidbits on a range of different aspects of science, history and literature. The choice to set the play around Christmas is an odd one but this slightly jarring inclusion is more than balanced out by numerous clever details and side-jokes which I found very enjoyable.
There’s no denying that Newton’s Cauldron is a little rough around the edges, but it’s also a wonderfully imaginative piece of storytelling: clever without being smug, informative without being dry, sentimental without being saccharine.