I Believe in Unicorns – the stage production is back! This is Michael Morpurgo’s fabulous book (I believe in unicorns) on stage at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.
The story is about a little boy, Thomas, who hates school, who hates writing and who HATES books. He loves spending time outdoors and has an amazing imagination. One day, his mother “drags him” to the library. His mother is a BIG lover of books and is desperate for her son to share this passion. Little by little the librarian is able to reel Thomas in and soon enough Thomas LOVES the library and LOVES the stories that books open up to him. His love of books grows and many little stories are woven into the bigger story – the story about the Book Burning during Nazi Germany, the story of a man who saved the books from his library in a fire and the imagery of unicorns being left behind as Noah’s Ark sails away.
So what did we think?
Amazingly, the WHOLE SHOW is told by one actress – Danyah Miller – in the past the book has been told by several actors – Thomas, his mother, father and the librarian. In this production it is “just” one BIG STORY told by Danyah in the role of the librarian. The stage is filled with books and out of the books “magical props” appear in clever ways throughout the production.
In age, where theatre is full of glitz and jazz and things to grab the kids attention and ENTERTAIN them, this is theatre going back to it’s story telling routes. Keeping it simple, subtle and clever and drawing the kids in by the power of story.
We were also treated to a wonderful Q&A session at the end of the play. Simply fantastic hearing Michael Morpurgo talk about his experience and passions.
The play is on until the end of August (2015) and has a run time of 50min. Pop over to Vaudeville Theatre and find out more.
If you are inspired and fancy some unicorn crafts.. take a peak at these fabulous ideas –
Disclaimer: We were invited along to review the show with the kids