The reviews are in - critics love The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

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The reviews are in, and audiences are loving 1927’s The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, and it’s not hard to see why. Out of all the reviews, we love this one written by Alex McCord at Broadway Baby. Here’s just a snippet for you to enjoy…

Directed and written by Suzanne Andrade with film, design and animation by Paul Barritt, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets arrives at The Old Market theatre in Brighton. Magnificently grotesque and charming, it is a performance and experience to remember.

The play casts its eye onto a slum tenement block called the Bayou mansions in a forgotten corner of a grand metropolis. No matter where you live, there are always areas that suffer from poverty that the general populace mainly tries to ignore and avoid. The mayor and the middle classes will have nothing to do with Red Herring street, but Red Herring street has everything to do with them. We follow the lives of a down-and-out caretaker, a young revolutionary and a well-to-do mum called Agnes Eaves who wants to make a difference by helping the children in the Bayou.

When watching performances as a reviewer, I sometimes find myself trying to come up with whatever fancy term might apply to a play. Who it is influenced by and what the style and aesthetic is. Well, The Animals firmly put me in my place by effortlessly combining dozens of elements and influences in ways that will dazzle and baffle you. It somehow exists in the space between a silent film and a living graphic novel. It even has a bit of pantomime thrown in…

Read the full review by Alex McCord by clicking here.

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets is here at TOM until Saturday 12 January.

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Mark Gordon