THE MYSTERIOUS AND FABULOUSLY WEALTHY PHILEAS FOGG WAGERS HIS LIFE’S FORTUNE THAT HE CAN CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE GLOBE IN JUST 80 DAYS.
A play within a play at the Leeds Play House, but not as you would think!? Jules Verne was a literary master with his incredible science fiction stories that captivated the world, from tales under the sea to the far reaches of time itself. And now with this adapted production of Around the World in 80 Days by Toby Hulse the humour of the text is brought magically to life and executed brilliantly by the talent and imagination of all involved.
To begin his famous adventure Phileas Fogg (Robert Pickavance) must make a wager with his peers and enlist a faithful assistant in Passepartout (Joe Alessi) to accompany him on the journey. The whole narrative is then interrupted by the writer himself Jules Verne (Dan Parr) who insists on taking part and taking on roles within the story. Hotly pursued by Fix of the Yard (Darren Kuppan) convinced Mr Fogg is the infamous bank robber wanted for murder, everything becomes a race against time to win the bet and take home the glory! Throughout the actors play different characters delivering funny farce with impeccable timing and although your suspension of disbelief is upheld, the hint of reality makes this fantastic entertainment.
Not knowing the book in its entirety and more referring to memories of the film I was so impressed beyond expectation at the incredible idea and how this brought everything to life in a new dimension. Exhilarating and captivating performances from all four actors showcasing the imagination of one of the greatest story tellers in history. As part of this seasons repertoire these guys have appeared in several productions at the Leeds Playhouse and never disappoint. Encouraging the audience to interact and be part of the action make this adaptation more entertaining and witty beyond belief, inclusive to a new level. Intelligence runs through the entire production and really does make this the one to watch.
By Matthew Jameson