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Archive for December, 2014

Just where do you start when directing a pantomime?
By 30th December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Just where do you start when directing a pantomime?

The director of Cinderella at the Theatre Royal in Bath opens up about choreography, music and working with Jon Monie. Scott Ritchie was the first director to follow panto legend Chris Harris who died in 2014 at the theatre. He talks to Harry Mottram by telephone for Children’s Theatre Magazine. www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk   Full interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq041u4qMoc

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FEATURE Is it really curtains for GCSE drama?
By 24th December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

FEATURE Is it really curtains for GCSE drama?

www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk Lyn Gardner from The Guardian reacted with passion when she heard that the NYT’s Paul Roseby suggested GCSE drama be scrapped. Amanda Cornwallis reports Last month The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner asked whether GCSE drama should be scrapped after the National Youth Theatre’s Paul Roseby said it was an irrelevance. I remember watching a youth […]

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REVIEWS Monkeys, Kings and Angels: Flossie Waite’s take on four London plays for children
By 23rd December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

REVIEWS Monkeys, Kings and Angels: Flossie Waite’s take on four London plays for children

More reviews from Flossie Waite including Inside Out, Three Wise Monkeys, and Angel – Plus her take on Purni’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King at the Unicorn. Check the review page for more reviews. Full reviews at www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk Purnell’s idea to opt for an 1803 novella pays off The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. […]

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REVIEW Classic story of Father Christmas who goes to the toilet before he flies off for another ‘bloomin’ Christmas’
By 23rd December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

REVIEW Classic story of Father Christmas who goes to the toilet before he flies off for another ‘bloomin’ Christmas’

www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas. Lyric Hammersmith, London Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas is the story of a grumpy old man muttering to himself as he does a night shift. The Christmas miracle that Raymond Briggs first performed in 1973, and that the Lyric Hammersmith and Pins and Needles have recreated, is to turn it into […]

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REVIEW Bold changes made to the classic Cinderella story where Cinders is no pushover
By 23rd December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

REVIEW Bold changes made to the classic Cinderella story where Cinders is no pushover

Cindermouse. Little Angel Theatre www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk Traditionally, the mice in Cinderella are turned into horses by the Fairy Godmother. It’s a fairly important, but fleeting, role – they lead the carriage that takes Cinders to the all-important ball. In Cindermouse, however, mice are centre-stage. The production invites us to Mousetown (after a quick check for cats […]

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REVIEW A Christmassy suprise not to be missed
By 23rd December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

REVIEW A Christmassy suprise not to be missed

www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk One Snowy Night. Children’s Story Centre, Stratford, London Acclaimed children’s playwright David Wood has often said that the key to creating a great children’s play is “Lots of suddenlys!” One Snowy Night, then, is a perfect text to be adapted for the theatre, each knock on Percy the Park Keeper’s door a ‘suddenly’ that […]

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REVIEW Skillful silliness guides the mood from bouyant to contemplative
By 23rd December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

REVIEW Skillful silliness guides the mood from bouyant to contemplative

The Three Sillies. Arcola Theatre, London It’s not been long since the clocks went back, but it already feels like years. As the days draw dimmer and shorter, how nice to step into a May Day Fair with The Three Sillies. Jingling Morris Dancers welcome the audience to the Sillyton Parish 1914 Village Fete, where […]

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REVIEW Production’s touch of magic added to ordinary events in drama that crosses the generations
By 22nd December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

REVIEW Production’s touch of magic added to ordinary events in drama that crosses the generations

www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk Grandad, Me… And Teddy Too. Unicorn Theatre, London It’s not becoming of a grown woman to be jealous of five year olds, but I really wish I’d bought my teddy (a monkey called Monkey) to Grandad, Me … And Teddy Too. The BYO Bear meant the audience was as populated with fluffy friends as […]

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REVIEW George’s marvellous production ideal medicine for young children
By 21st December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

REVIEW George’s marvellous production ideal medicine for young children

www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk George’s Marvellous Medicine. Northcott Theatre, Exeter. Warning: this play will blow your grandma through the roof! Loved by children since Roald Dahl wrote it, George’s Marvellous Medicine staged by the Birmingham Stage Company, is perfect material for a children’s play, although it comes with a warning not to go off and try this at […]

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BOOK REVIEW The man who made a plea for puppetry to be recognised as an artform (back in the 1950s)
By 21st December 2014 0 Comments Read More →

BOOK REVIEW The man who made a plea for puppetry to be recognised as an artform (back in the 1950s)

www.childrenstheatremagazine.co.uk The History of the English Puppet History. By George Speaight. First published in the 1950s and updated in 1990 this could seem an outdated volume on an aspect of theatre that had long since disappeared apart from at children’s parties and on TV. Since its reprint a quarter of a century ago puppetry has […]

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