The Light Princess and a hopeful return to blogging

Oh, hello. Yes, I am still alive, though incredibly dusty and moth-eaten. The cobwebs add a certain edge to my look, don’t you think? You might have noticed an absence from both here and Youtube, something I hope to rectify from the New Year, or now. Hopefully now.  When I do make my dramatic return to Youtube there will be a sort of explanation video so I won’t spend time writing one here, instead I will leap forward to yesterday – the day I discovered that it is possible to find a dream in real life.

The Light Princess

I had long been aware that Tori Amos was working on a musical but I managed to miss all of the announcements about what it was and when it was showing – then I saw the poster on the underground. Anyone who has seen my photography will know that just looking at the poster filled me with glee and made me look it up as soon as I got to work. When I saw that it was the musical Tori Amos was working on I absolutely had to see it!

As soon as we were inside and we could see the curtain and the edges of the set, I knew I would fall in love with this musical. (I fell in love with the idea of it before then, deciding to buy the book before even seeing the show.) As we sat there, looking at the beautifully drawn map of Lagobel, Sealand and the Wilderness between, I could feel wriggly feelings in my stomach. I had been looking forward to this moment since booking the tickets, getting more and more excited as I read about the puppetry, animation and flying – sorry, floating – that was waiting for me on the other side of that curtain. I was not disappointed.

If there is such a thing as magic (and I truly hope there is), I think I saw it during The Light Princess. Rosalie Craig floats throughout most of the show (via various different and genius methods) and manages to do so while looking and singing effortlessly. She portrays Althea with all the lightness you would expect of the Light Princess but not without beautiful depth and feeling in the show’s darker moments, which had my best friend crying in the seat next to me. The on-stage chemistry with Amy Booth-Steel’s Piper was fantastic and provided several of the shows more amusing moments.

The other lead came in the form of Digby, the Solemn Prince, played by Nick Hendrix, whose falsetto is to die for. However, when teamed with Llewelyn (Kane Oliver Parry), Hendrix’s voice took on the deeper vocal line to create some delicious harmonies. Digby’s character showed more vulnerability than I expected from the Solemn Prince – it was delightful to watch.

The supporting characters were just as amazing as the leads (and I suffer from coat-envy when it comes to the Falconer), all of the voices blended together so brilliantly (especially in the spine-tingling harmonies from the show’s finale). I was definitely transported to the world of my dreams and did not want to leave when the show was over.

As sets go, the set of The Light Princess was pretty spectacular. Everything about it was so beautiful, and beautifully executed. I wouldn’t mind living in a world that look like those sets. The puppets that made up the creatures in the show worked alongside their settings perfectly and I found myself forgetting that they were puppets at times – they were just so good!

I can’t end this blog post/review/gushing love-babble without a nod to the acrobats, whose role I will not reveal lest those reading are going to see it! They are incredible and I feel awed by their strength and skill and I do not believe the show would be as fantastic as it is without them.

I will leave you with some images from the show (taken from the National Theatre website via tumblr) – if these aren’t inspiring, I do not know what is.

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