Here I am at The Rayne Theatre at Chickenshed, reviewing a preview of ‘A New Musical Rapunzel’. This traditional story has been turned on its head and something a bit different has been created. In a large attic of a house on the outskirts of London, Hazel (played by Cerys Lambert) along with six children fall asleep reading fairy tales. Suddenly they are in Hazel’s wonderful and frightening dream, where she is Rapunzel. She is locked in a tower in the magical woods and is desperate to be … [Read more...]
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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...]
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...]