A confident, charming, polished and thoroughly reliable seasonal entertainment for the very littlest theatre-goers.
Diana Damian talks to Tim Webb, Artistic Director of Oily Cart, about his company and its work for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
In The Elephant’s Child and Just So from Metta Theatre, a company of eight present a series of semi-improvised animal fables, followed by a puppet-opera explaining the origin of the pachyderm’s proboscis. Some of the stories are underpinned by music, … Continued
In Aristophanes’ The Birds, a city in the clouds is the background to an ambivalent satire on utopianism and realpolitik. Cloudcuckooland, a musical for children, re-imagines Aristophanes’ comedy as a boisterously upbeat fable about climate change, inter-species co-operation and the … Continued
Hans’s Andersen’s The Snow Queen is a cruelly bleak epic of a fairy tale, in which lost childhood innocence can only be redeemed at the price of suffering and sorrow. So when Finger in the Pie’s version of the story … Continued
Clockheart Boy from Dumbshow is a twisting tale of grief, bitter sibling rivalry and the difficulty of mending damaged hearts. The Professor lives among his eccentrically gifted creations, brooding upon the loss of his vanished daughter. Then a boy without … Continued
Despite a few wobbles The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe bodes well for a productive conjunction of company and venue.
Warm, wise and beguiling, The Frog Princess is fifty minutes of rough magic that takes its audience on an epic imaginative journey.
It’s hard not to be impressed by a show that handles a demanding crowd so deftly, charming kids and adults alike, without ever seeming to try too hard.
Petrushka is an ambitious conglomeration of jokes, dance, music, tragedy and magic tricks.