Generations of readers have grown up with Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure stories.
Kidnapped, adapted by Sell A Door Theatre Company, is full of characters finding their place in the world - David and Ransome’s fatherless search for belonging; Alan and Cluny’s yearning for a time now passed and a victory lost; and Henderland’s appreciation of the ‘godless’ and ‘barbaric’ highlanders.
This adaptation cleverly combines Stevenson’s gripping plot with the excitement of a live performance. But what mainly makes this show so successful is its ability to captivate its audiences.
The small cast of five work tirelessly to perfect the story and there are strong confident performances all round.
Kidnapped plays at Coventry Belgrade Theatre’s B1 stage until Saturday.
Review by Amanda Chalmers.