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Traverse Theatre. Edinburgh. Fri 15 Jun 0000

‘Making people happy is the hardest thing of all.‘ If life does in fact imitate art, then TAG Theatre Company's latest production effortlesst disguises the labour of love which must have gone into bringing King Matt to the stage. To describe it as enthralling would be a tawdry platitude.

Much of its success is owed to the captivating storyline of the novel it is adapted from. Matt is crowned king when he is just eleven years old, following the death of his father, but with the oversized crown comes the responsibility of leading his country out of war. Following a triumphant victory, Matt then attempts to bring his country out of recession while trying to recognise children‘s views in government, but naive good intentions are soon corrupted by the concealed ambition of his close friend Falek, his advisors, and predatory heads of neighbouring states.

This is a complex story for its target audience of children aged over eight, but one which is made more tangible by the actors alternating from character to narrator, and respectively from dramatic dialogue to rhymed verse. Each of the play’s short scenes demand attention and the fast- paced momentum builds to an ending which should be harrowing, yet is frustratingly inspirational, making for a contemplative atmosphere. The pivotal character of Matt is played with an endearing combination of vulnerability and power which ultimately makes him volatile and open to


This is a slick, professional production complemented by a visually- engaging symmetry, dramatic music, an ingenious set and thoughtful audience interaction. A rare sensory treat, but ssshh, just don't tell the

grown-ups. (Maureen Ellis)

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