Aperture Africa productions has been consistent since I first saw their grand performance of The Jungle Book, the musical just a year ago.
Amar Desai, his wife Jinita and his whole team do everything in high style. From the colourful costuming, choreography and elaborate set design to the special effects, live music and magical moments when one can see children enthralled by the lively events happening on and off stage, Amar as director made the whole show blend together beautifully. That was true for The Jungle Book, the musical just as it was last weekend when Robin Hood charmed the children from start to end.
One must take special note of the large numbers involved in such a show as Robin Hood. Amar doesn’t seem to do anything in a minimalist fashion. His orchestra headed by Andrew Tumbo was substantial and well-rehearsed. My only disappointment is their being tucked away up in the balcony so we the audience had no chance to actually watch them perform. I personally love live performances but logistically, their upstairs station was understandable.
The Chandaria stage at Oshwal Centre is vast. But it was just the right size to fit in Sherwood Forest as well as a village market, a cosy dungeon and even a ‘throne’ double-decked above the dungeon. That was where the Sheriff (Bilal Wanjau) had a chance to watch the village below as well as woo Lady Marion (Maya Spybey). But she was utterly disinterested in the advances of this naughty police.