Video Librarian
(1998) 98 min. $27. Globalstage Productions. PPR
Color Cover. Closed Captioned. (1998) 133 min. GlobalStage

GlobalStage's latest filmed adaptation of a play is performed by one of England's best children's theatre companies, the Polka Children's Theatre of Wimbledon. Playing from the Heart relates the story of Scottish musician Evelyn Glennie, a world class percussionist who happens to be deaf. The play chronicles Glennie's childhood, up to the point where she passes an audition that wins her a spot at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The Polka actors provide uniformly excellent performances, the script presents Evelyn's story with clarity and sensitivity, and the staging and cinematography are both inventive and imaginative. At the end of the video we're treated to an interview with Glennie that's quite absorbing. Since she didn't begin losing her hearing until she was 8-years-old, she speaks as fluently as any of us (actually she speaks with greater clarity than most of us). Glennie's story is both fascinating and inspiring. Highly recommended. Aud: E, I, J, H, P. (P. Van Vleck)