On Tuesday night, my friend Jen and I were enthralled and enchanted by Matthew Bourne's stage rendition of Tim Burton's classic.
It took seven years for Matthew Bourne to secure the rights to an on-stage production of Edward Scissorhands. Meetings with Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson made it clear that Edward was the most beloved character they'd ever created. What's more, the story held the hearts of the audience even more emphatically. The transition between screen and stage would be an enormous responsibility.
The show has since toured the world, ensnaring those who watch it with Bourne's seemingly innate ability to encapsulate not just character within movement, but emotion, empathy and a silent - but very powerful - dialogue. By playing around the edges of many different genres of dance, the story is free to rise to the surface; the choreography becomes a very visceral vehicle for character, uninhibited and unrestrained. You cry with them, you laugh with them - all without a single word.
The show itself was a classic Bourne experience. Visually delightful and seamlessly executed. Taking a detour from the movie, the show was set in the 50's, adding costume and personality that only enhanced the energy. The spirit of Edward, cemented so indelibly by Johnny Depp's portrayal, was very carefully preserved and respectfully handled. Yet, through dance, elevated in some way, too. Given an extra dimension.
A performance, all in all, that deserved every second of its standing ovation.
After the curtain closed, it was announced that Matthew Bourne and Dominic North - Edward Scissorhands, himself - would be giving a question and answer session. For an hour, they gave humble and down to earth responses to any and all questions. An altogether endearing end to a brilliant evening.