Posts Tagged ‘ Sally Cookson ’

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Bristol Old Vic: review

4 stars

Think you know Aesop’s fables? Think again. Sally Cookson’s production of the famous tales presents a happy-camper tortoise opposite a onesie-sporting hare, a grumpy teenage boy who cries wolf and a rock ‘n’ roll crooner as the sun.

Bristol Old Vic’s outdoor summer show is a consummate piece of storytelling theatre which brings Aesop’s ancient fables – as told through the pen of Michael Morpurgo – to vivid life.

Read the rest of my review of this production in The Independent here

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Peter Pan, Bristol Old Vic: review

4 stars

‘I rather expected she’d be prettier’ says Wendy of Tinker Bell and I imagine much of the audience thought the same. In Sally Cookson’s production of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, Tinkerbell is not exactly the daintiest of fairies. In fact, she’s a man.

Cookson, whose last adventure at Bristol Old Vic was to Treasure Island, has created a Peter Pan with grit. Neverland is an industrial building site, Captain Hook wears a kilt and Peter carries a knife…

Read the rest of my review of this production on The Independent’s website here

Treasure Island, Bristol Old Vic: review

4 stars

A ship has dropped anchor in Bristol. There’s nothing unusual in that, perhaps. But this one is on dry land, parked outside the Old Vic Theatre and overrun by 18th-century pirates.

The theatre space of the Old Vic is closed for redevelopment. But director Sally Cookson, not one to be deterred by the lack of a theatre, decided to construct a stage on the Old Vic’s doorstep for her production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island…

Read the rest of my review of ‘Treasure Island’ on The Independent’s website here