Sponge by the East Midlands dance company Turned on its Head is currently playing at the Battersea Arts Centre. It’s an imaginative and playful dance show perfectly devised for young children. Led by two dancers Shane Shambu and Louise Gibbons, Sponge is a highly visual show with no dialogue and an upbeat 1970s dance soundtrack. The show’s creators recommend Sponge for babies and young children from 4 months to 4 years old. The show is 50 minutes of interpretative dance about sponges. Yes, … [Read more...]
Reviews of Children's Theatre in London's West End, Off-West End and Fringe
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Tiddler and the other terrific tales is an hour long play that tells a few of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s tales. The tales covered are Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. As you would expect, the auditorium is full of lots of little kiddies. They all sit quietly in their seats, focussing on the production and my little five-year-old theatre companion is no exception, he sits straight up with a small smile on his face. The set was simple … [Read more...]
“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood,” the narrator says aloud. Yes, it is the story of The Gruffalo. There are bugs, bees, and a mouse. The scene is set and with that, you hear a sigh of satisfaction from the young audience. The stage set is more than adequate, there are leaves, trees, logs and of course… it resembles the deep dark woods as you would imagine when you once read the book. The costumes are interesting, practical and nothing less than adorable, yet they do have a … [Read more...]
Welcome to Stillwater. The town where everyone will fit in, including Mr Popper, a painter and decorator, who wants to go on adventures and dreams of going to see all of the favourite places in the books he reads. He imagines getting closer to the summit, with each step he climbs up the ladder while he holds a paint brush in his hand, he imagines traversing snowy landscapes while white sheets are being shaken in the background. His conversations over the radio with the famous explorer, … [Read more...]
There’s something about theatre aimed at children that always surprises me. I think part of it is seeing the hordes of sprogs rushing into the foyer, parents or other unfortunate relatives trying to keep up, then the noise that a few hundred children can generate while waiting for the show to start is quite phenomenal. However, if the production is a good one, then as soon as the curtain goes up, the noise level goes down and the attention to the stage becomes 100%, proving once more the magical … [Read more...]