The Jabberwocky

Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem provides the inspiration for this enjoyable children’s show. The young cast produce an inventive, colourful tale as we follow the young Jack, who falls asleep and dreams of an adventure where he must confront the dragon-like Jabberwocky. The use of language is suitably at the forefront of this production. It was a joy to see the young audience members getting involved and thinking up their own nonsense words. The production stays very loyal to Carroll’s work and even contains some in-jokes and references that the adult audience members will pick up on.

The cast made good use of opening up the stage by performing within the audience. There was also some welcome interaction to get the children involved and a number of sections included getting the youngsters on stage and involved with the action. It was never forced and the children really enjoyed it. Costumes, props, music and lighting equally add to the dreamlike atmosphere of the piece and the Jabberwocky itself is a fantastic creation.

The cast performing a variety of characters let themselves down occasionally with a slight lack of energy. Such a wildly creative show requires a bit more pizzazz to maintain the pace, there was a notable drop in focus that could mean losing the younger audience members’ attention. Still, if certain vignettes didn’t work as well as others there was still plenty going on within the production. It was an enjoyable adventure that little ones are sure to be swept along by.

Reviews by Stewart McLaren

Online at www.DavidLeddy.com (with Traverse Theatre)

City Of the Blind

★★★
Northern Stage at King's Hall

Milk Presents: Self Service

★★★★
Scottish Storytelling Centre

Haggis Haggis Haggis

★★★
Institut français d'Ecosse

Antiquithon

★★★★
Traverse Theatre

RIVERRUN

★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

The Blurb

Jack doesn't understand the Jabberwocky poem... until he starts to dream. A play about language, imagination, courage and dragons. The Jabberwocky 'delivers the skill and creativity to keep an audience - young or old - completely captivated’ ***** (Broadwaybaby.com).

Most Popular See More

Back to the Future - The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Mousetrap

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets