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Review: The Magic Hour

On June 27, 2014

By Sophia Whitfield

As the audience arrive Ursula Yovich is already on stage and greets everyone as they enter the theatre. The stage is set with a patchwork designed contemporary wagon complete with drinks cabinet and rooftop view.

With the lighting low an atmosphere of evening is created as Yovich calls children in for bedtime and goes through the nightly rituals before settling in for The Magic Hour, the hour when stories are told. Although these stories are not for children.

Yovich begins by checking on the soup she is making on-stage before launching into the retelling of six Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk from Brothers Grimm.

Each tale is told from the perspective of a character, the grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood and one of the step sisters in Cinderella. There are terrific quirks of contemporary life embedded into these tales. Little Red Riding Hood’s cape becomes a red hoodie and the famous ball in Cinderella is set in a nightclub.

As well as telling the tales Yovich at times incorporates music into her one woman show. Known for her music and a cast member of the hit The Sapphires, her voice is striking and creates beautiful interludes in her tales.

The production takes on an ethereal quality despite its contemporary setting.

Currently playing at the Riverside Theatres until tomorrow.

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