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A Handful of Sand review at Chelsea Theatre London

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A Handful of Sand is a play for children under the age of seven and ticks all the boxes of a feel-good, interactive Christmas show filled with catchy songs.

A child’s sandpit games are transformed into a fun and imaginative adventure in an Arabian desert, with wonderful characters such as the Teeny Weeny Genie and the donkey.

The venue is very child friendly with a special area reserved at the front of the stage for the young audience to sit and participate. Comments from children spark as many laughs as the show itself.

The highlight of the performance is the enchanting Magic Carpet. To get it flying the performers get children and adults alike up and dancing.

Tunji Falana is endearing and funny as the donkey, while Gemma Linighan is fabulous and shows real versatility as the genie and the donkey’s girlfriend. Gemma Megwai, as Emma, does a top job engaging with the children.

The visuals and puppetry also deserve a mention; they are very cleverly used to add a touch of magic to the scenes.

The script includes some bizarrely sophisticated vocabulary, for example “kleptomaniac”, for a show aimed at such a young audience, but this is a minor criticism for a festive production which does not disappoint.

Production Information

Chelsea Theatre, London, November 28-December 23

Author
Chris Speyer
Producer
Monster Productions
Director
Paul James
Cast
Tunji Falana, Gemma Linighan, Gemma Megwai, Michael Redston, Jenni Winter
Running time
1hr

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