5-16 October 2016
Reviewed by Juliana Headley
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is one the all times classics, enjoyed by everyone from young ages to elderly people. Going to see the current production at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, I was very intrigued and excited to see how the car will be able (if at all) fly over the stage. And the show did not disappoint!
The story is about an old famous racing car, that has been restored and modified by an eccentric inventor to receive amazing powers of floating on the water and fly in the sky; the adventures of the family to fight off the criminals, trying to steal the car, and the triumph of love and teamwork over the evil plans and selfishness.
The creators the current version were able to achieve an amazing balance between the setting (beginning of the 20th century) and the help of modern technologies. Some of the decorations for the show were replaced with the projected moving images of the setting, making the whole experience twice as realistic. Moonlight over the water at midnight, being caught in the thunder storm, a pleasant ride in the car over the hills, running away from the pirates with splashes from the car speeding across the water or flying in the skies – these magical moments will stay with me for quite some time! It is something words cannot describe and the only way to experience it is to go the see the show!
The children in the show were amazing! Especially Jeremy (Hayden Goldberg) and Jemima (Caitlin Surtees) – they were so natural and adorable! Absolutely loved theirs and other young singers’ group performances and their take on all times classic teaching “Teamwork can make a dream work”.
For me, however, the evil baroness Bomburst, played by Claire Sweeney, and her two sidekick spies, Boris and Goran, stole the show. Playing a villain is always twice as hard as just acting a role, but these three characters were so remarkable at their singing, sense of humour and performing, that I felt they slightly outshone the lead members of the cast.
Overall, this production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is a superb combination of a play, a movie and magic together. A fairy tale for children and a great story with impressive visual effects for adults. In a few words – unforgettable night out for a whole family!
Tickets cost from £27 to £47 (booking fees may apply).
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh until 16 October 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000