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Monday, July 17, 2017

What the Ladybird Heard review – Julia Donaldson's jolly farmers don't skip a bleat by Miriam Gillinson

Lyric, LondonWacky songs, animal sounds and upbeat performances abound in this charming stage version of the popular children’s picture bookMy six-year-old goddaughter Blue is now too big …

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Double Double Act review – a magnetic mix of mayhem, slime and wild dancing by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn, LondonThis show hosted by grownups and kids is strange, messy and unsettling – and my 10-year-old companion finds plenty of thrills amid the wisecracking chaosImagine the children…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Gloria at the Hampstead Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

It's all me, me, me: Miriam Gillinson reviews Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play set in the publishing industry. The post Review: Gloria at the Hampstead Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: Dogs Don’t Do Ballet at Little Angel Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

My first theatre trip: Miriam Gillinson takes her two-year-old nephew to see Little Angel's adaptation of Anna Kemp's children's book, and goes just a little bit bonkers. The post Review: Do…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: The Ferryman at the Royal Court by Miriam Gillinson

The future is snuffed out by the past: Miriam Gillinson reviews Jez Butterworth's epic new Irish family saga. The post Review: The Ferryman at the Royal Court appeared first on Exeunt Magazi…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

My First Ballet: Cinderella review – kids shall go to this ball by Miriam Gillinson

Peacock theatre, LondonThe young dancers perform beautifully, and there’s no denying the magic of the story, but ENB’s show could do with less chat and a bit more sparkleIt’s seven o…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

To Dream Again review – can Shakespeare's midsummer magic save a marriage? by Miriam Gillinson

Polka theatre, London It may take more than a sprinkle of fairy dust to repair the relationship in Toby Hulse’s new play, which is inspired by the enchanted comedyBefore the show, I ask Qe…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Iron Man review – Ted Hughes classic clangs on to stage by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, LondonA talented team throw everything from shadow puppetry to live fire at the well-loved tale, but it’s hard to make out the storyWith shadow puppetry, singing, dancing,…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Babe, the Sheep-Pig review – puppet porker's farmyard caper by Miriam Gillinson

Polka, LondonThis Dick King-Smith adaptation is a bit unsteady on its trotters but its merriment has some of the audience bouncing in their seats“Why do those sheep look like people?” as…

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Emily Rising review – the girl who floated away from her family by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonDan Rebellato’s play, which follows a 10-year-old facing the world when her parents split up, is beautiful, sad and full of clever touchesEmily Rising is a play…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

West Side Story: musicals we love by Miriam Gillinson

With Bernstein's complex score, Sondheim's witty lyrics and Robbins's exuberant dance sequences, this show is near perfectWhen asked to defend musical theatre – and this happens annoyingly…

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Chester Tuffnut review – woodland puppet drama for little adventurers by Miriam Gillinson

Polka theatre, LondonThis children’s show is boosted by a beautiful set design and imaginatively realised creatures, including a couple of sock-snailsI’m no expert in woodland creatures …

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Maggie and Pierre, Finborough Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

There's a one-man play inside every politician – and a one-woman play behind each male leader. Linda Griffiths's and Paul Thompson's solo show, Maggie and Pierre, explores Maggie Trudeau's…

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Handle With Care, Urban Locker by Miriam Gillinson

Storage spaces units are not a nice place to hang out. Chilly and quiet, vaguely depressing and horribly lit, they bring on a desire to leave almost immediately. The same impulse is palpable…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Little Gardener review – kids dig this greenhouse puppet show by Miriam Gillinson

Lyric Hammersmith, LondonThere’s not much story to speak of, but this play based on Emily Hughes’s picturebook offers the young crowd the chance to get their hands dirtyMy theatre compan…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Running Wild, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

Running Wild is a theatrical safari with no expenses spared. This latest stage adaptation of a novel by Michael Morpurgo (of War Horse fame) boasts a jungle-full of puppets - a majestic elep…

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl review – stuffy history gives way to whoopee-cushion delight by Miriam Gillinson

From Going Solo’s deserts, through the Fantastical forests of Mr Fox to Matilda’s magic library, this walk through the author’s worlds comes to life with a stutterBefore we enter The W…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Grass review – lawn party offers lessons about nature by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn, LondonFrom tubs of mud to two bees performing a wiggly nectar dance, this is an informative but oddly paced introduction to insects and vegetationThe air smells of soil and a sparkl…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wow! Said the Owl review – the wit to woo young and old by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonLizzie Wort’s sparkling one-woman show floods the stage with colour and a thousand magical flourishesIt’s two-and-a-half-year-old Emelie’s first trip to the…

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Park review – the kids sigh with happiness by Miriam Gillinson

Discover Children’s Story Centre, LondonNick Butterworth’s picture book After the Storm is brought to the stage in a comforting production with some precious momentsBefore Percy the Park…

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Bear review – move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic by Miriam Gillinson

Polka theatre, LondonAdapted from Raymond Briggs’s picture book, this enchanting production is everything children’s theatre should beAt one point during The Bear, my goddaughter Blue tu…

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Friday, August 7, 2015

The Three Little Pigs review – overdone and undercooked by Miriam Gillinson

Palace theatre, LondonThis musical version of the classic tale, with Blue’s Simon Webbe as the big bad wolf, has sizzling moments but fails to bring the house down This is the first family…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pinocchio review – dark, knotty and very good fun by Miriam Gillinson

St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, LondonAn exquisitely designed adaptation of the children’s classic that captivates from start to finishForget the golden-hued, heart-warming Disney versi…

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Three review – sparky, cheeky and covered in poo by Miriam Gillinson

Garrick theatre, LondonBawdy slapstick has pacing problems but is smartly enlivened by a brilliant comic double act’s naughtinessAt the beginning of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part …

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales review – Julia Donaldson's beasts come to life by Miriam Gillinson

Leicester Square theatre, LondonAlthough a little overlong, these Julia Donaldson stories burst on to the stage in a riot of gleefully unsophisticated energy Related: Unfolding drama: how Ju…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fowl Play review – farmyard tale needs a little animal magic by Miriam Gillinson

Puppet Theatre Barge, LondonThe marionettes in this floating puppet show are beautiful and skilfully used, but the story is aimless and the young audience is not on boardMy young theatre com…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

No sex on stage, please, we're career women by Miriam Gillinson

Why does so much contemporary theatre stereotype working women as sharp-suited, work-addicted ball-busters with no love life or softer side?

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Handa’s Surprise review – a safari of cheeky puppets and singalong fun by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel, LondonThis interactive show for young children features a charming yet sparse set, a cornucopia of fruit and a parade of funny animalsMy goddaughter, Blue, is refusing to budge…

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Alice’s House of Cards review – loses Lewis Carroll’s muchness by Miriam Gillinson

Southbank Centre, LondonThe actors give it all they’ve got, but with a fractured script and confusing interaction, this performance can’t live up to its potentialGiant playing cards dang…

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Polar Bears Go Wild review – arctic adventure is a silent delight by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, LondonThis absorbing tale about a pair of ursine explorers brings a meditative calm to the young audienceThe last time I took four-and-a-half-year-old Barney to the theatre,…

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Forced Entertainment’s first kids’ show looks good on paper by Miriam Gillinson

Adult themes may be the company’s natural preserve, but The Possible Impossible House, created for children, works wonders with cardboardThe theatre company Forced Entertainment are about …

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