April 14, 2009

ALL DOWNHILL SINCE MARTEL:

Red Balloon has uplifting pranks (Sarah Frater, 4/14/09, Evening Standard)

The Royal Opera House has a good track record of producing new family ballets down in its basement studio theatre. Will Tuckett had a tip-top run with Wind in the Willows, Pinocchio and Thief of Baghdad, and now Aletta Collins follows through with The Red Balloon.

It is a lovely-looking adaptation of Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 fantasy short of the same name, which tells the story of a young French boy who’s befriended by a helium-filled red balloon. The balloon seems to have a mind of its own, keeping the young boy company, playing pranks and having fun.


Makes you want to take the Enola Gay out of mothballs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2009 5:57 AM
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