Drama Trip to West Yorkshire Playhouse
Review by Hannah Pearson Year 13
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is yet another great triumph for The Kneehigh Theatre Company. In classic Kneehigh style, the audience is taken on a wild, eccentric, colourful journey to war-time Devon, and told the story of young Lily, whose life is turned upside down by two American soldiers and their orders to move everybody, including Lily and her family, out of their home village of Slapton Sands. The cast, along with spectacularly chosen lighting and music tell the beautiful tale of love, prejudice and war and make the audience think deeply about their perception of the war and how everybody involved was affected. In a production that had us bawling one moment and up on our feet dancing the next, Kneehigh’s clever, unorthodox style of theatre helped to create what was a wonderful, memorable experience for all. Inspired by one of Britain’s best loved authors, Michael Morpurgo, who also brought us War Horse, the production is so intrinsically British, yet spiced up with a dash of soul from the live band, it both complies with and challenges the era it was set in producing above all a fun, bright show that didn’t play by the rules.
As ever with Kneehigh, I wouldn’t describe the production as a play, I would describe it as an experience, an event that would be extremely hard to top and one that appealed to all spectators whether they love theatre or not because it wasn’t your typical show; it was different, exciting and packed full of wonderful music played by the multi-talented cast members. If this production doesn’t make you love theatre, I don’t think anything can.