Varmints was a minimalist, but beautifully staged production with countryside and cityscapes projected onto a screen that looked like woven paper. The sparse set – strips of grass to denote the country and giant tyres for the city – and few props were brought alive by the striking costumes. The country varmints’ outfits were a happy riot of multi-coloured crochet and hand knitting, contrasting with the city varmints’ uniform of grey with its pattern of tyre tracks. While Varmints was visually pleasing though, it did drag a little towards the end. The dancing began to get repetitive and I’m not sure there was enough happening to make it really entertaining for children.
The Old Market, 21 May 2013