Theatre Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter @ Landor Theatre, Clapham
“In an age before the industrial revolution, a widowed clockmaker breathes life into the statue of a young woman. Blessed with an open heart and enquiring mind, Constance enjoys the amity of the town until fear and misunderstanding bring about her demise. Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn’s new musical introduces an original fantasy fairytale, richly imagined with strong characters and a robust storyline.
The plot fuses elements of Pinocchio and Pygmalion but any debt to Disney is counterbalanced with heady themes of loss, love and jealousy. The vibrant score reflects the darker fantasy elements of the story well but also celebrates the parochial nature of village life through an effective chorus.
Robert McWhir directs the 20-strong company with style, ensuring that pace and energy never overpower the subtler elements of this simple fantasy. David Shields’ stunning gilt and clockwork set is a marvel of invention and yet provides an eminently practical space for the story to unfold.
In a cast teaming with well observed and occasionally downright comic characters, Jennifer Harding as Constance has the unenviable task of bridging the gap between automaton and leading lady. Exquisitely realised, Harding’s warmth and commitment colour the character while her rousing mezzo-belt ably tackles the demands of this exciting new score.”
Strong production values, a bold score and a committed company add up to an exciting new musical fairytale 4 ****
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If you love the idea of a brand new Irish musical, and you are in London this month, catch it now in this intimate space … before it hits the big time!
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