Around The World In 80 Days - Review

By Student Ambassador, Ellie Williams.

An hilarious re-telling of Jules Verne’s ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.

Whether you have ever read Verne’s ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, I promise you, this show will not disappoint. If you have read the novel, this show helps bring it to life in front of your eyes. If you are like me and have not read the original, get ready to meet a broad bunch of lively characters and experience snippets of the world; albeit in 2 hours 45 minutes.

The cast were outstanding, they displayed an array of personas and accents which complimented the ‘places’ that we visit as an audience alongside Mr Fogg & Passerpartout. Similarly, the actors talented switches between certain characters was effortless and seamless. Therefore, helping to create the different countries with the use of diverse accents and costumes.

My personal favourite was Mr Passerpartout. Mr Passerpartout was exceptional at getting the spectators to engage with him and caused an uproar of laughter in the audience. He displayed fantastic improvisation skills within the performance which added even more comedy to the script.

As a Theatre Student, it was unbelievable to see the amount of energy from the actors that was sustained for the whole duration of the performance. This sheer energy from the cast obviously rubbed off on the audience who were cheering, booing and getting involved with the show. I was lucky enough to ask another audience member what he thought of the show and he said, “It is absolutely brilliant, I can’t stop laughing”.

The actors use of their bodies within the space illustrated the fine details and thought process that has gone into rehearsals. *(Spoiler Alert)* The use of the elephant was creative and very realistically portrayed using only what seemed as a grey shirt. It really brought the elephant to life and was anthropomorphised by the movement of the trunk which was controlled by another actor’s arm.

Despite the arguably, simple set and lighting, the actors use of swaying within the scenes depicting the boats or steamers, the actors moved in unison to provide a sense of movement thus adding a realistic and naturalistic feel, you almost forget you’re sat in the plush chairs of Derby Theatre.

There was an array of ages within the audience, and it appeared to appeal to all within the room. It was a delight to see.

Around The World in 80 Days plays here until Sunday 12th November. Read more and book here.