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Alfie White – Space Explorer

Alfie White – Space Explorer poster Alfie White – Space Explorer poster

Desperate to meet his long-lost father, space-obsessed young Alfie White has to abandon pretending his dad is an astronaut on a moon mission when real astronaut Edward White dies in a US rocket accident.

Schoolfriend Meg consoles him – then finds a mysterious photo that prompts their detective adventure to discover his father’s true identity. Keen sleuthing at Blue Moon Jazz Club and Old Ron’s Record Shop, and surprise confession by Alfie’s previously silent grandma, lead to an astonishing conclusion – and a name the very opposite of his father’s.

Tall Stories enhances its established reputation by breaking new ground with this 1960s-era story of boyhood emotion interwoven with fascination with the US-Soviet moon race.

Young Jordan Turner makes a promising stage debut as the literally starry-eyed Alfie, expressing his alternating desperation and hopefulness with accomplished style. Lucy Tuck renders Meg, grandma and other roles with assured professionalism; both actors excel in their humorous movement routines.

Inspired by the director’s experience of his own father musician Malcolm Mitchell, and played on Bek Palmer’s truly cosmic set, this thoughtful narrative with jazz holds the children in rapt and often amused attention.

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Verdict
Accomplished piece of children's storytelling theatre, especially suitable for five-plus age group
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