Jemima Puddle-Duck And Her Friends review at Brentwood Theatre
Reminding us that there was once a more famous Potter than the bespectacled boy wizard, Brentwood Theatre marks a decade of delightful Christmas productions by captivating its juvenile audience with an intimate Beatrix Potter adaptation.
From the moment Katie-Elizabeth Allgood dons the traditional Beatrix Potter blouse and tweed garb, her engaging storytelling enchants and the cosy, intimate nature of the theatre immerses inquisitive children into the very heart of not one, but four tales - Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher and Tom Kitten.
With no detail spared, Joy Dunn's inventive costume concoctions go some way in lifting everybody's favourite intriguing characters from page to stage. As with all the cast, Tim Gutteridge's dapper yet conniving Mr Fox and Stephen Gunshon's mischievous Squirrel Nutkin accurately capture their respective creatures' mannerisms.
After last year's scrumptious The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, once again interwoven within the storybook dialogue are Ian Southgate's repetitive yet catchy musical numbers. Parents take note, Pit Pat Paddle Pat, Red Squirrel and Who Likes The Rain? will become every child's instant bedtime musts. Fear not, the sing-along medley finale will cement those words until next Christmas.
Introducing another generation to the wondrous creations of Beatrix Potter, as well as reviving fond memories for adults, Ray Howes helps bring this enchanting world to life, allowing the beauty that is a child's imagination to do the rest.
Brentwood Theatre, December 5-30
- Beatrix Potter, adapted by Adrian Mitchell
- Ray Howes
- Mark P Reed, David Zelly
- Cast includes
- Katie-Elizabeth Allgood, Elizabeth Donegan, Hannah Douglas, Stephen Gunshon, Tim Gutteridge, Mia Keadell, Nick Pack
- Running time
- 1hr 50mins