Terje Isungset is Musical Director for Cinderella in London.
Here are some revews:
TIME OUT MAGAZINE:5 out of 6 stars:
moving, satisfying piece of theatre that will appeal to children and adults alike.' http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/event/119607/cinderella.html
Time Out - Show of the Week
'One of the finest Christmas shows this festive season.' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/3690541/Cinderella-at-Lyric-Hammersmith---review.html
Add a wildly eccentric, surprisingly tuneful one-man band, in which Terje Isungset plays stones, lumps of wood, aircraft parts and a horn made out of ice, and you have one of the finest Christmas shows this festive season is likely to offer.
Evening standard: 4 out of 5 stars
* * * * 'Two beautiful, highly recommended hours.' http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/theatre/show-23584997-details/Cinderella/.do?reviewId=23598870
The acclaimed director Melly Still returns to the original story by the Brothers Grimm to create a spellbinding show for the whole family to enjoy.
With a top-notch creative team including Norwegian ice-musician, Terje Isungset, the Lyric will be transformed into a spine-tingling winter wonderland to make Cinderella the only show to see this Christmas.
The Times 4 out of 5 stars:
****'An inventive, involving telling of this endlessly rich story' http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article5303695.ece
The Guardian 4 out of 5 stars:
'Inventive magic. It's a seasonal show that utilises the kaleidoscopic delights of theatre.' http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2008/dec/08/cinderella-lyric-hammersmith-review
* * * * Guardian
The extraordinary Norwegian composer Terje Isungset is on stage throughout, playing every instrument under the Scandinavian sun from a mouth-harp to a trumpet made of ice.
music OMH,4 out of 5 stars:
The distinctive music for the production is provided by the Norwegian musician Terje Isungset, who sits in a small nest at the top of the stage playing an array of unusual instruments including an old bicycle, a mouth harp which apparently was made from part of a Second World War fighter plane and a trumpet made of ice. His unique percussion is an integral part of the show, driving it along.
The music helps to smooth over some of the cracks.
A curtain up:
With frosty blue lighting and a forest of tall thin birches onstage, a curved staircase of white steps leads to an otherworldly-looking Norwegian orchestra. The instruments, manned by Terje Isungset, include an ice trombone and a mouth harp and make even more outlandish sounds which add to the icily unfamiliar Scandinavian atmosphere
This is London
The setting is the wintry ?far, far north?, a place of frosted landscapes and twisted branches, where Norwegian ice musician Terje Isungset plays intriguing instruments
Thank heavens for Melly Still's enchantingly beautiful and also seriously bleak Cinderella, which goes back to the Brothers Grimm. The set is a silver-birch wood, with steps spiralling to a lookout where the award-winning musician Terje Isungset perches, with a thrumming Jew's harp and a megaphone made of ice, which sounds like a winter wind and wolves howling.
This is the King Lear of children's theatre.
inspiring theatre, full of imaginative riches and creative play. Recommended.
Daily Mail 4 out of 5 stars:
One of the show's other striking features is a haunting score with the feel of an aboriginal hoedown, performed by Norwegian musical eccentric Terje Isungset.
He adapts found objects to create customised instruments such as a Jewish harp, didgeridoo, hurdygurdy and - his piece de resistance - an ice trumpet.
All of which epitomise the fully recycled, Soil Association-approved good nature of a DIY ensemble act that amazes more than it offends