Chloe and the Colour Catcher, Bristol Old Vic — “an absolute delight.”
Play: Chloe and the Colour Catcher
Devised by: Ad Infinitum
Theatre: The Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic
Directed by: Nir Paldi
Ad Infinitum’s new show Chloe and the Colour Catcher is an absolute delight.
Bristol Old Vic launch their new Weston Studio theatre with Chloe and the Colour Catcher, devised by award-winning theatre company Ad Infinitum and directed by Nir Paldi.
The story follows Chloe (Charlotte Dubery), a girl who lives in a world that’s completely grey, but when she sleeps, her dreams are filled with colours. Hushed by her parents, she is forced to keep quiet about her colourful visions, but with help of Grandma Magenta (Hannah Kamen), Chloe finds the fighting spirit to challenge Her Royal Greynesty (Peter Edwards) and bring the colours back.
Chloe and the Colour Catcher is a delightful story of finding your bravery and standing up for what’s right. Ad Infinitum have created an engaging, interactive show that’s funny, well-scored, and subtly political in its firm embrace of difference. Young audience members are encouraged to follow their heart and fight for what they believe in, and by the end of the show everyone was raising their fists in the air and cheering for Chloe.
Though Chloe lives in a grey world, Katie Sykes’ unfussy set design is bright and innovatively adaptable; Brian Hargreaves’ musical score is filled with synth-pop and upbeat songs; and the company make ample use of the stage. In the show I attended there was a school group in the audience and all the kids were giggling and gasping, happy to be involved and captivated by the storytelling.
Chloe and the Colour Catcher is a lively animated production targeted towards kids aged 4–7 but adults will enjoy themselves too, joining in with the plastic-ball throwing at the end!
Chloe and the Colour Catcher is showing at Bristol Old Vic till Sunday 6 January 2019. Tickets can be found here.
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