Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Lyric Theatre London - Reviews.

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

Daily Telegraph:
'One of the finest Christmas shows this festive season.' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/3690541/Cinderella-at-Lyric-Hammersmith---review.html
Telegraph
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

Evening Standard
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
Times


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:
http://www.musicomh.com/theatre/lon_lyric-cinderella_1208.htm

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
http://www.scenta.co.uk/music/festivals/cit/1737392/the-iceman-bloweth.htm

The Independent:
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.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/twelfth-night-donmar-londonbrsimply-cinderella-curve-leicesterbramazonia-young-vic-londonbrcinderella-lyric-hammersmith-london-1065623.html


Daily Mail 4 out of 5 stars:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/reviews/article-1094023/Sensational-seasonal-showtime-From-star-laden-pantos-classics-children-critics-choose-Christmas-crackers.html

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

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/ice-orchestra-isungset.php

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/audio/2008/dec/03/ice-music-instruments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/past_programmes.shtml

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