Monday, 23 April 2018

Cosy up for lots of magic

ON an appropriately blustery weekend we found ourselves drawn in to this delightful children’s tale of

ON an appropriately blustery weekend we found ourselves drawn in to this delightful children’s tale of the changing seasons and the natural world by Nick Butterworth.

We met Percy the park-keeper and his two semi-invisible assistants, who navigated a stream of wonderful special effects, in which birds came to life, topiary was trimmed and finally we met a succession of acrobatic animals, including a squirrel, some rabbits, some mice, a fox and a whole host of other creatures.

On a cold autumn night, after spending the day tidying his park in preparation for winter, Percy goes into his little shed house and tucks himself into bed, with a biscuit and a mug of cocoa... and hears a knock at the door. Who could it be at this time of night and in this freezing cold weather? Is there any room in the shed house? Percy the park-keeper turns out to be not just a keen gardener but also a philanthropist with a heart of gold.

With upbeat and moving songs, clever choreography and a general all-round cosiness, my two sons and I greatly enjoyed this show. It achieved a lot with seemingly simple props and gadgets.

There were lots of clever little details and hard-working set pieces, a green park becoming a snowy scene before turning into Percy’s bedroom.



Percy and his assistants brought the best out of their furry friends as the room rapidly took on the appearance of a menagerie. This was great fun and the animal antics were a huge success.

We even got to pose for photos with Percy and one of his assistants. My sons told me that they thought this production was “first class” and it got thumbs up all round.



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