The Colour House Children’s Theatre is a tiny seventy seater theatre situated in the heart of the attractive Merton Abbey Mills arts village. The theatre opened in 1995 in a five-hundred-year-old listed building and since then it has staged over 80 original musical adaptations of famous fairy stories and more than 100,000 people have viewed their productions. There are little theatres like this all over England and they are an important theatrical entry point for both children and performers … [Read more...]
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As I walked into the auditorium whilst being handed an immigration card, and being surrounded by dialogues from migrants and refugees from all around the world, I was now in a migrant’s world. It wasn’t a subtle start. I was thrown into the experience right from the very beginning. The first phase is about ‘Home’. I listened very carefully to the different voices that defined home. Home is such a comforting place, full of love, relations, bonds, communities…. it is what we know. Listening to … [Read more...]
This is a most unusual, charming, intimate and magical show, supposedly for young people between the ages of 4 and 7, but at the performance I attended there was a child of 2 who was clearly enjoying it as much as everyone else. It is a promenade performance - each scene taking place in a different area of the historic theatre - and all the better because audience numbers are limited to 25. The plot, which the children seemed to be much better at following than the grown-ups! follows intrepid … [Read more...]
As my children are now in Year 3 and have graduated from The Very Hungry Caterpillar canon, I was a little nervous as to whether they’d find the hour-long stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s Oi Frog (and the rest of the Oi opus) too pre-school for their palette. My nerves were soothed within about 30 seconds of the curtain rising on this jointly developed production from Emma Earle, Zoe Squire, Luke Bateman and Richy Hughes. In fact, they were so transported into the world of strict … [Read more...]
Chickenshed presents Snow White, the most swinging Christmas show around. This is not the traditional Snow White story as we know it or expect it to be, remember there is no ‘seven dwarfs’ in the title. If you are taking young children, it may be worth just having a quiet word with them, to explain this is a slightly different version of Snow White - although there is a red juicy apple, a mirror on the wall and a stepmother. The show started with Stepmother Jane de Villiers (Sarah … [Read more...]
With two thoroughly capable performers (both trained by some of the UK’s finest acting academies) giving it their all in this multi-role romp through the days of the Vikings to current political madness, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain is energetic, edifying and occasionally a little close-to-the-bone. With enough flatulence-based comedy to make Chaucer proud, the young audience lapped up this very British, almost music-hall-style, two-hander in which Benedict Martin as Rex gives an … [Read more...]
Emma Reeves’ musical adaption of Jill Murphy’s classic Worst Witch fiction series provides gratifying and uplifting entertainment for the whole family thanks to its multi-talented cast and its (mostly) spectacular staging. With the exception of two wobbly creative moments in the first act (which will likely be rectified), director Theresa Heskins’ production of The Worst Witch is a feel-good firecracker and a must-see for every spirited girl 7 to 17! It’s a delight to behold this cast and … [Read more...]