THE STAGE, REVIEWSHUB
THE GUARDIAN, BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE, CHESTER CHRONICLE
“Derek Bond plays to the venue’s advantages. There is a powerful sense that this act of theatre is something we are all joining together to make – watchers and performers.
This is magical.”
“Outstanding adaptation and astute casting combine in a magical piece of family theatre. It’s a rare show that can captivate a very young theatre audience and engage their parents and grandparents along the way. Jessica Swale has adapted the text with loving attention to detail and Derek Bond’s direction brings it to life in a way that grasps the attention of young and old alike.
By making Stig a puppet, operated and voiced by Seaward and friends, the production places us all with Barney and his family in debating the reality of the character, and it makes the tremendous transformation in the closing scenes all the more breathtaking.
Bond’s production is likely to cause as many tears of nostalgic joy as it does youthful laughter. This is family theatre of the highest standard.”
“Clive King’s classic tale of a boy’s friendship with a mysterious caveman is retold with panache, poignancy and rousing percussion in this absorbing adaptation.
Pure theatrical magic.”
“Encompassing a meaningful plotline, humour, engaging characters and new ventures in creative production, this is a performance not to be missed this summer. Magical.”
THE PUBIC REVIEWS
“Stig of the Dump is another charming production from a company that has become a quality mark of family entertainment. It is guaranteed to please all children and those who may secretly yearn to be once more.”
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
“[The original novel] is not the most complicated of stories and is hardly loaded with incident but what Swale has done with the tale and how director Derek Bond interprets that in the performance space was nothing short of magical.”