Sometimes you just need a bit of silliness in your week, and the Hunting of the Snark at the Sherman Theatre is just what the doctor ordered. In collaboration with Alice House and RGM Productions, this production has taken over the main house in a delightfully bonkers fashion.
Adapted from the 1874 Lewis Carroll poem, this production has been brought right up to the present day with pop culture references making this a slice of fun for audience members of all ages. The set takes us on a journey from London to the upside down world of Snark Island as Mr Belman, the Banker, the Boy, the Baker and the Butcher go on a expedition to find the Snark.
As the group set off on their adventure, hoping they’ll find a Snark tomorrow, they encounter many hilarious animals including a knitting beaver, the brilliantly colourful Jub Jub bird and the light fingered Bandersnatch, and the younger members of the audience were not alone in their shrieks of laughter at the slapstick humour and witty lyrics. Amidst the topsy turvy world, this tale is full of adventure, bravery and family values.
The whole cast is fantastic, as they switch between characters, and burst into each new song as effortlessly as the last. Polly Smith is especially brilliant as the Butcher as she snorts and cackles with glee at the thought of a nice piece of Snark (you know the type: the Olly Murs of food!).
With a brilliant on stage soundtrack from the constantly ridiculed Steve, Gemma Colclough’s direction is bursting with imagination and a bonkers silliness which is contagious. A wonderfully delicious summer treat for the whole family that will leave you with your foot tapping and tears of laughter running down your face!
The Hunting of the Snark runs at the Sherman Theatre until the 30th July.