Review: The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

(Originally published in The Galleon and nominated for ‘Best Article’)

Theatre troupe Les Enfants Terrible brought their zany family comedy The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie to Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal, one of 30 venues the award-winning company would visit on their Spring tour of the show.

The set onstage is ready but sadly the crowd are not, and the theatre is less than half-full. It’s a shame that the enthusiasm shown in the performance is never quite matched by the audience, with the various skits and musical numbers getting a subdued reaction at best.

It’s clear that the costume designer has gone all out, as each character introduced seems more colourful, wacky and caked in makeup than the last. The personalities match the wackiness and the committed, unashamed performances from the cast is the source of most of the comedy. Continue reading