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Wow! It’s Night Time review at Little Angel Theatre, London – ‘enchanting’

Lizzie Wort in Wow! It's Night Time. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

An owl has a nighttime adventure – as owls are wont to do – in this charming sequel to Wow! Said The Owl, a page-to-stage hit for the Little Angel a few years back.

The premise could hardly be simpler. An owl hoots around the stage encountering a range of creatures, foxes, rabbits, moles and mice, as the young audience guess – often quite volubly – what they are.

Solo performer Lizzie Wort has a distinctly Mary Poppins-esque demeanour, singing wistfully as she pulls puppet animals from her vintage trunk. The production, directed by Joy Haynes, is studded with small moments of magic, from the ear-horn used to detect the creatures to the climactic neon sunrise.

Like much of the work at this address, Wow! It’s Night-time feels like the ultimate bedtime story. It’s a sensitive adaptation; Fiammetta Horvat’s design neatly mirrors the cardboard cut-out aesthetics of Tim Hopgood’s books. And Dominic Sales’ music, which makes extensive use of a loop pedal, is fittingly mellifluous, including a chorus of cabaret mice.

As a festive treat for young children it’s hard to beat. Although it’s obviously not a Christmas story, I for one hugely appreciated the chance to be free from Santa’s all-consuming clutches, at least for a short while.

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Verdict
Enchanting follow-up to nocturnal classic Wow! Said the Owl
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