Review

His Dark Materials (Parts 1 & 2):a cinematic backdrop with magnificent masks, excellent lighting and costumes

Published: Tuesday 13 February, 2018 by The Bath Chronicle, Philip Horton

Next Stage Youth presents

His Dark Materials Parts 1 & 2

based on the novels by Philip Pullman, adapted by Nicholas Wright
at The Mission Theatre

Part 1: Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th February at 7.30pm
Matinee Saturday 17th at 2pm
Part 2: Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th & Saturday 17th February T 7.30pm.

Tickets £12.50 (£10.50 concs) available from Next Stage Box Office 01225 428600
or Bath Box Office 01225 463362



‘A condensed and therefore simplified version of Pullman’s trilogy, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, this is coming of age tale about Will and Lyra’s adventures as they travel through parallel universes.

On their separate epic adventures they encounter witches and armed polar bears (“What I wouldn't give for a mouthful of raw walrus,” says one) but attached to their daemons - a cross between a conscience and a soul - in animal form.

It's the dark antithesis of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with a nod to Tolkien perhaps.

Scene changes are effected by a cinematic backdrop with magnificent masks, excellent lighting and many costume changes by the large cast; Floss Ingledew being excellent as Lyra, on stage for virtually the whole time.

Part 1 is more Laura’s story as the darker Part 2 follows Will, but to get the full story you'll really need to see both parts.

You may have read the book, seen the film, heard it on Radio 4, so now it's time to see this popular epic.

- The Bath Chronicle, Philip Horton

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