North West Theatre

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Philip Pullman, adapted by Stephen Russell
26 Nov 11 to 07 Jan 12
Theatre by the Lake

Set in the tropical jungle of Indonesia, this is the story of young Lila and her quest to discover the secrets of the Firework-Maker’s craft. With her father’s life hanging in the balance she must undertake a perilous journey to volcanic Mount Merapi. Lila has to face pirates, spirits and the terrifying Fire-Fiend, but she is helped by her best friend Chulak and a lovable and resourceful white elephant called Hamlet.

Despite a slow pace at times, Stefan Escreet’s production of Stephen Russell’s clever adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel has everything... Such is the abundance of movement on stage choreographed by Ella Vale that it’s difficult to believe a cast of just nine play all 22 characters... It all works beautifully.
The Stage
Feisty and physical is the order of the day... full of good humour and spectacle... Chris Stones’ evocative gamelan music. Stefan Escreet’s staging is inventive and imaginative... Martin Johns’ beautiful bamboo-themed set... visuals designer Andrew J Lindsay manages to conjure up both the inside of a volcano and a firework display, using the whole of the auditorium roof.
What's On Stage (Rating: 4/5)