As a reviewer for The Mancunion, I got the chance to visit Manchester’s Home as it presented its first Christmas production, with the opening of Inkheart; a transformation of Cornelia Funke’s novel to the stage. Family friendly, full of humour and all the imagination of a child, this is a show to catch this festive season as an alternative to the pantomime.
It’s clearly a child directed performance, but I did enjoy being taken back to my world of imagination of bad versus good and a quest of a story. The tale was cleverly self aware, with intertextuality twisted through the story and remerged onto stage. The school group at the front of the theatre greatly enjoyed the interaction of the cast as they helped direct them to Capricorn; for a moment removed from their script with some playful interaction. Mo himself appeared on my row in search for Fenoglio, the author of Inkheart, bringing the stage closer to the audience and carrying us into the story.
The stage transformed fittingly to each new narrative of the performance, a tremendous pile of books one moment, to a beach the next before hiding Capricorn’s evil liar beneath it. Katherine Carlton, who played Meggie was passionate, determined and brilliant in her portrayal, holding the stage and delivering the tale. The cast were eager, believable and amusing, capturing many laughs from the audience while portraying a range of traits, personalities and passions.
You can catch Inkheart at Home until 31st December, a family festivity for christmas.