Even the strong visual eye of director and co-designer Melly Still fails to imbue Mark Ravenhill’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novel with real dramatic impetus.

Set in a parallel world, this tale of the birth of a united nation and the transition from boy to man offers fruitful scope for misunderstandings between cultures and beliefs.

The underwater scenes are beautifully realised, but the storytelling is too confusing to engage intellect or emotion.


» Olivier at the National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX, (020 7452 3000). Until Mar 28. £10-£42.50