Review: Bringing ‘Home’ a hit

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Catherine Hagerty, left, as Georgio and Chrissie Shaw as Figaro.
“ROLLING Home” is a production for children. It also highlights the work of some people at the heart of Canberra’s professional theatre industry, illustrated by the deftness in direction, the clarity and control in the performance, use of the Courtyard Theatre space, music, costumes and puppetry.

Lissaman’s highly tuned directional skills allowed the audience’s imagination to flourish through his simple understated staging.

This allowed consummate performers, Chrissie Shaw and Catherine Hagarty, to engage audiences in the most economical and direct way.

Without a hint of condescension, Shaw and Hagarty became gentle characters who told engaging stories in order to survive. The scenario allowed just the right amount of character and background to make the stories live.

Hilary Talbot’s puppets and Imogen Keen’s costumes added a sense of magic to the story.

Under Catherine Roach’s direction, the puppets were used sparingly and to masterful effect. The children and adults in the audience loved them.

The songs of John Shortis and Kimmo Vennonen’s soundscape added a special dimension to the work that once again added to the possibilities of imagination.

With such a professional team it is no wonder “Rolling Home” is a highly effective piece of theatre.

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