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Fifi Live - The Fairy and the Flowertots

Published Friday 8 August 2008 at 11:05 by Chris High

A sticky, hot summer’s day and all things panto are in town to keep the off-nursery children highly entertained. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s colourful and, yes, it really is a whole lot of fun, with plenty of audience participation - and water spraying - to keep the toddlers entertained.

It’s a stormy day in Flowertot garden and a magical fairy has been blown in on the breeze. On the way in, the fairy has lost her wand and needs to find it to get back home but, unfortunately for her, Stingo the Wasp has laid his hands on it first and it’s anybody’s guess what he might get up to with it.

This is an incredibly slick production of the popular TV series, with barely a moment when the action on stage comes to a halt. The sets are one vast colouring book of exaggerated garden scenes, whereas the costumes - especially that of Slugsy, played by Abigail Foreman, and Stingo, played by Hannah Prior - are drawn directly from the series and bring the animated to life.

Georgina Wyatt as Clairy Fairy is a delight, coming across as everyone’s personification of the perfect nursery teacher, and one wonders how long it might be before she, with such a powerful singing voice, is offered the part of Narrator in a show like Joseph.

There’s song and there’s dance, but most of all, there’s a whole lot of fun and mums and dads who take their young ones along to see Fifi Live are sure to point to their afternoon out at the theatre as a highlight of their summer entertainment.

Production information

Opera House, Manchester, August 6-7, then touring until November 9

Nick George, Jason Francis
Nick George
Premier Stage Productions
Cast includes:
Georgina Wyatt, Jo Azzopardi, Claire Williams, Hannah Prior, Abigail Foreman, Lauren Thundow, Steve King
Running time:
1hr 30mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014