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The Weather Kitchen review at Chelsea Theatre London

Only the British would dream up a Christmas play about the weather. But this amusing production for under-sevens, in which young Pepita (Laura Norton) is whisked off on a magic umbrella to the Weather Kitchen, uses colourful costumes and big gestures to create an enjoyable family show.

Arriving just as the Weather Cook (Ralph Wadley) is going off on holiday and naturally taking his own sunshine with him in his suitcase, Pepita is left in charge of the weather with young apprentice Cumulus, played by Paddy O’Connor. They are soon interrupted by villainous El Meanio – Wadley again in a top hat – who is determined to wreck havoc with hurricanes and blizzards.

Scenes in which Pepita learns how to make the weather – dropping stars and golden strips of paper into a mixing bowl – recall pantomime cake-baking routines while also making gentle points about the importance of seasons and variety in life.

With equally colourful side of stage musicians and the young children all sitting on mats at the front, the cast create a safe, warm atmosphere while wisely ignoring a precocious six-year-old who delighted in shouting out all the wrong answers.

Production Information

Chelsea Theatre, London, November 27-December 23

Author/director
Chris Speyer
Producer
Monster Productions
Cast includes
Ralph Wadley, Jenny Stevenson, Laura Norton, Paddy O’Connor
Running time
1hr

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