I went to see this production with my teenage son. It was the first time either of us had been to the Brewery Theatre and we were both very impressed with how such a small theatre created an intimate setting yet was also perfectly equipped to allow us to sit back and enjoy the performance without feeling the spotlight could suddenly shine on us.
We really enjoyed this story-telling performance by Robert Lloyd Parry. Within his first bursting sentence we were transported to the setting of the eccentric time traveller’s garden as he arrives home. Parry’s vocal skills and use of the stage and props immersed us into the character’s adventure and the dimensions, physically and mentally, that time travellers may endure. He creates the eccentricity and intelligence of the Victorian inventor, whilst retelling the fantastical journey of his last few days.
The H G Wells time traveller story, written and published in 1890’s, is popular worldwide, and Robert Lloyd Parry’s entertaining skillful storytelling made this adaptation a very entertaining experience. We would add that the audience were very noticeably quiet and attentive, rarely even a chair squeak, and as such, would suggest that it may not be ideal for children that cannot sit quietly throughout the performance.
The published version of H G Wells, The Time Machine, can be freely downloaded http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35
The Time Machine is on at Brewery Theatre until 12th July
– Review by Beki, and Sky Avery-Cooke