The Curious Sole of Luna Cobbler
Greenside @ Nicholson Square
Script: Stagecraft: Performance:
“Soulmate: A person ideally suited to another a a romantic partner or friend.”
Derived from the poetry of Tim Burton, this uncanny play, directed by Kat Osborn & acted upon by the Burnley Youth Theatre crew, follows the story of Luna, the altruistic sole of the moon & her reprobate, The Cobbler.
The story embraces the weird & wonderful in all of us & wholeheartedly accepts that our ‘sole’ mate may not always be our perfect match. Told through rhythmically synchronised young actors (ages 15-21) who are appositely accompanied by eerie piano music (Jack Herbert), this play genuinely touches the soul whilst taking you on a journey of realisation & self-exploration.
Taking on our ‘soul’ as the sole of a shoe, the characters set out to find their perfect match, in their case, a shoe which typically contrasts the attributes of their own. The problem is that they are held by The Cobbler, a lonely but spiteful sole who forces his captivates to work for him by day. His powers are overdrawn by night when Luna seeks to find each sole tangled in The Cobbler’s spite a match.
The talent these young actors possess is really something special, they captivate the characters they play profoundly & professionally, entwining multiple storylines into one, & along with the delightful music, it almost feels like you’re watching a Tim Burton movie in the flesh! This charming play was definitely worth the watch, highlighting the importance in attracting our opposites to create a truly superlative match.
Reviewer : Robyn Donnelly