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HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN

Theatr Clwyd & Paines Plough , Theatr Clwyd , June-12-18
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN by Theatr Clwyd & Paines Plough When you've got a temporary theatre that looks as though it's landed from outer space just outside your front door what better to fill it with than a play about aliens and spaceships. This is billed as a play for age 5+ and as someone who is well on the plus side I can vouch for this being an energetic, ingenious, entertaining and fun hour of delightful silliness.

Two children suddenly find their life very different when their mum vanishes and in her place is her half-sister, who they've never seen before. She takes them to her house where things get odder and odder.

Steff O'Driscoll's direction packs a great deal into the production's sixty minute span. As the children are taken over by mysterious rays there's a lot of highly effective movement work courtesy of Jennifer Jackson. There's some terrific lighting effects (Peter Small) and startling sound effects (Dominic Kennedy).

The cast of three, Charlotte O'Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson, work very energetically at being children and aliens, some with more than two eyes.

Georgia Christou's lively script keeps a nice balance of chuckles and thrills. It has the youngest members of the audience responding to all references to Lady GaGa while the more mature respond very warmly to all reflections of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

It's a real delight.

Reviewed by: Victor Hallett

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