Friday, 16 May 2014

REVIEW: Minotaur, Polka Theatre


A BRILLIANT reimagining of the Greek classic tale Theseus And The Minotaur is now on at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon.
Written by Kevin Dyer and directed by Michael Fentiman, Minotaur fuses a modern-day war story with Greek mythology to create a dark and gripping high-stakes adventure.
It centres on young school boy Freddie whose father is a soldier fighting with the British army in a far off warzone.
Freddie lives with his mum but lives for the text messages he gets from his dad every day.
But one day he receives a rather mysterious text message from his dad followed by a visit from two equally mysterious figures.
They tell him he must go on a journey – and when his mum agrees and tells him it’s his destiny, he packs his bag and begins his adventure.
Along the way of course he encounters all manner of mysterious and curious creatures that he must outwit before he gets to the twisting labyrinth of ancient Minos and the half-bull, half-man Minotaur.
The story has a nod to the novels of Percy Jackson and brilliantly meshes the old and the new stories.
It is also cleverly staged and well acted by the six-strong cast headed up by Ben Stott as young Freddie.
It is the perfect story not only to introduce kids to the wonders of the Greek myths but is action packed to keep a younger audience gripped and on the edge of their seats right from the beginning.

Minotaur is on at Polka Theatre, Wimbledon until May 24.
Tickets cost £13.50 (£9 concessions). Visit or call the box office on 020 8543 4888.

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