Yesterday, you may have noticed that I was off WordPress. Well, the reason why I was off was because I went to the theatre last night. I went to see Matthew Bourne’s production of “Edward Scissorhands”.
I noticed that “Edward” was originally a film and was directed by Tim Burton in the early 90’s. I haven’t seen the film for myself, yet, so I haven’t been able to compare the two of them. I (one of my friends from my Waiting Fir A Rainbow Series) told me that “Edward” was based on Burton’s own experiences, while he was growing up. Apparently, Burton had struggled to fit in because he was different from other children. It’s these real life events that everyone can relate to, including myself.
I came along with me to see “Edward” for the evening and to be honest, the two of us weren’t expecting what would happen next. I never saw the film and he had never been to see a Matthew Bourne production. So, it was something new for the both of us.
The last production I went to see by Matthew Bourne was “Swan Lake” and I really enjoyed it. If you are into dance, especially ballet, you may now that the original production involves with women and sticks to the way Tchaikovsky would have originally planned it. However, Bourne changes it into one, as if he had written the story himself. And its spellbinding! From start to finish, you wouldn’t have the nerve to leave your seat, even after the show has finished. What happens next? What happens next? you would ask, little a small child in a cinema. But in most cases, you’ll never know what happens after the ending.
“Edward” was no expection; from start to finish, the whole show had us on the edge of our seats, with excitement, happiness and even tears. (I’m not too sure about I, but I certainly had a tear or two in my eye.) Like most dance productions, Bourne uses no words. Instead, he uses emotions and movement to express the situations the characters are in, like sadness, anger and passion. It’s different, compared to Musical Theatre or Plays, but it’s in own right, it leaves the audience wanting more.
What I have learned from “Edward” is that you are not alone in the world. Looking at one of its main themes (isolation), the story shows that it’s okay to be different because some people will appreciate you for who you are. And those people may become your closet friends, like Edward and Kim. Friendships may last a lifetime or forever but it takes the right kind of people to bond with you for life. So who cares if you have scissors for hands or you can’t do things that other people do because the one thing you can do is be true to yourself, be kind to others and have courage. They will admire you for your feelings in years to come.
If Matthew Bourne’s “Edward Scissorhands” comes into your local town, I strongly recommend you to see it. It is truly amazing and I guarantee that you won’t go home feeling disappointed.