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A play that will stay with you
11:29am Thursday 1st November 2012 in Entertainments
THE MYSTERIOUS VANISHMENT OF POBBY AND DINGAN, SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE
THE Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan is set in an opal-mining town in Australia.
Told by two actors playing a variety of roles, accompanied by a lone musician, it is minimal but cleverly done.
The play, adapted by Finegan Kruckemeyer from the novel by Ben Rice, is aimed at children of nine and upwards, although it does touch on themes that some parents might think twice about when it comes to youngsters at the lower end of that age range.
Ashmol (Vic Llewellyn) and his little sister Kellyanne (Jordan Whyte) recall a memory from their childhood when Kellyanne’s imaginary friends Pobby and Dingan disappeared, leaving her heartbroken.
Ashmol, despite not believing in the invisible friends and being annoyed by his sister’s babyish obsession, cycles off into the night on his own to try to find them for her.
It is a tale about the power of memory and imagination, but most of all about love.
It took took a while to get into, but the conclusion was moving and powerful.
This is a play that will stay with you, adult or child.