Edward Scissorhands at Festival Theatre Edinburgh


Reviewed by Lynsey

Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of the beloved Tim Burton classic, “Edward Scissorhands,” transports audiences into a whimsical world of gothic fantasy, beautifully capturing the essence of the beloved 90s film. Set against the backdrop of Danny Elfman’s enchanting score, the production offers a captivating blend of uplifting melodies and hauntingly beautiful compositions, perfectly complementing the on-stage drama.

The narrative unfolds as a poignant gothic fairy tale, following the journey of Edward, a gentle and naïve soul with scissors for hands, created by a mad inventor. On the inventor’s death Edward finds himself lost, alone and scared in a strange new world. After staggering into a small suburban town Edward meets the Boggs family who kindly take him in and try to integrate him into the small community. It takes a little time but they soon start to accept Edward and he quickly becomes a popular resident but jealousy soon takes hold and it isn’t long before they all turn against him and alienate him once more. As Edward navigates the complexities of human interaction, the story delves into themes of acceptance, jealousy, and the challenges of embracing diversity in society.

The stage design flawlessly captures the nostalgic charm of 60s American suburbia, while seamless special effects add a touch of magic to the production, effortlessly transitioning between different settings. The costume design is equally impressive, with Edward’s iconic ensemble perfectly capturing his otherworldly essence.

Liam Mower delivers a mesmerizing performance as Edward, effortlessly transitioning from a robotic demeanour to a more fluid and expressive portrayal as he adapts to his new environment and imitates those around him. Supported by a talented ensemble cast, the group dances are a highlight, brimming with energy and meticulously choreographed sequences that elevate the storytelling.

From dark and poignant moments to light-hearted comedy and enchanting magic, the production offers a diverse range of emotions, keeping audiences engaged from start to finish. The topiary garden scene and the Christmas act are particularly memorable, showcasing the creativity and imagination of the choreography.

The Festival Theatre provides the perfect location for a modern ballet. It is a well maintained, clean, modern, and very spacious theatre with a few bars to choose from which would provide a nice space to socialise before and during the interval of the show. It also has a café on the ground floor where you can grab a coffee and a small bite to eat beforehand. Being in the city centre it also has an array of bars and restaurants around it for pre and post show drinks and food. It is easily accessible by public transport and is surrounded by on street parking however spaces close by can at times be difficult to find. There is also plenty of friendly staff on hand to help.

Overall, Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of Edward Scissorhands is a triumph, offering a captivating blend of mesmerizing choreography, stunning visuals, and heartfelt storytelling. It is perfect for introducing younger audiences to ballet. I would absolutely recommend it to friends and family, awarding it a well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars.

Tickets from £29.50

Rating: 5/5

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