See it if you have a toddler. Just beautiful puppetry. Quiet, precise, magical. Aunties, grandparents, parents, and kid were all equally enthralled.
Don't see it if you don't like Oliver Jeffers or his explorations of loneliness & friendship. You prefer spectacle. Otherwise see it. New Vic does it again!
"This enchanting tale...is a piece about conquering the fear of the unknown...When it began it was so mesmerizing that I actually felt tears springing to my eyes. The opening section is inspired by the aesthetics of the book, whilst not actually being part of the original story...The original music and evocative design of Teater Refleksion’s Mariann Aagaard made this beautiful and imaginative story come alive on stage...Any fan of Jeffers work, either young or old, this is a must see."
"The tone of Jeffers’ whimsical story is greatly enhanced by the emotional expressiveness of the two central characters while a subtle original soundtrack enhances the lunar landscape...If there is any flaw in this beautiful, touching and playful production, it is the over-estimation of the expected audience’s level of engagement. 'The Way Back Home' is pitched at a 3+ audience, but the abstracted aesthetic is too much for a preschool demographic to take on."
"A simple, wordless show...The puppets are perfect embodiments of their paper selves and the gentle eloquence of the story is bewitching. My eldest, now seven, and her twin sisters, aged four, loved it (though found it very slightly too long)."