WITH a prettily designed set, impressive costumes and make up, Studio Youth Theatre's production was a fine looking affair.

Director Theo Ross made good use of the auditorium space, the pace of the show building nicely throughout.

Peter Terson created an enjoyable adaptation of the Robert Browning poem, the verse presenting a challenge to the youthful cast that they mainly conquered with aplomb, a few rushed or fluffed lines aside.

The cast worked well as an ensemble and the proceedings were enlivened by some strong performances. Zoe Ashcroft was perfect as the jolly, motherly Auntie Hamps. Teddy Woolgrove was dignified and fleet of foot as the mysterious Pied Piper. Monaya Abel brought a cool edginess to the role of Top Rat, while Fraser Adams gave an assured and highly amusing turn as the vain and silly Cat.

A show that charmed old and young.