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A review of "Scottish Ballet: The Secret Theatre" by Lyndsey Winship for The Guardian.


Devised by dancers turned film-makers Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple (AKA Jess and Morgs), along with designer Lez Brotherston and Scottish Ballet’s artistic director, Christopher Hampson, what’s clever about it is they don’t stray too far from what they know. It’s set in a theatre, for a start. A boy (Leo Tetteh) kicking his football around the city streets wanders into an empty auditorium and encounters characters from Scottish Ballet’s two Christmas shows – Hampson’s Snow Queen and Peter Darrell’s Nutcracker – repurposed into a new, lightweight but still effective narrative. It has the feel of a ballet but the scenes are orchestrated for a roving camera rather than a fixed audience, and there’s a touch of The Greatest Showman in its vintage circus look and editing effects.


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