This small production of Half A String’s A Heart At Sea sounded quite interesting, advertised as “And Epic Musical Folktale Told On A Miniature Scale” I just had to go and check it out.
This beautiful production is definitely a small scale play, not really adaptable to a larger space. The entire story takes place inside a small washing machine sized wooden box. Through spinning, flipping, pivoting and turning, the box provides a multitude of backdrops, sceneries and moving props. Varying sizes of puppets bring this gorgeous story to life.
A small boy, struck by grief, bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea, but years later he decides to go in search of his heart to be able to feel again. He sets out and meets with adventures involving sea creatures, pirates, mysteries and dangers. This haunting folktale is absolutely touching and beautiful, made even more charming through the handmade quality of it. Stunningly made props and puppets grip your heart and imagination, the ever changing scenery lends a sense of magical discovery to the production.
Absolutely wonderfully done, heart breaking and uplifting all at once, this amazing story is well worth seeing. With eerily intense music and soft singing, it’s very different and unique. Five out of six rainbow sloths from me.