Last night we had the pleasure of taking our four year old mini mumbler to see Emma Reeves’ adaptation of Ugly Duckling, and what a treat it was!
From the moment we entered the intimate Studio Theatre, we were immediately emerged into the excitement, with the actors from tutti frutti engaging the children, saying hello and allowing them to play with their props.
The just under one hour show, suitable for 3+, saw the famous Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale being brought to life in a modern and engaging way.
Entering the world with an almighty crack, crash, bang, wallop, we meet Ugly, a somewhat non traditional duckling.
‘It doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s what you do.’
The story follows his beginnings in the world, exploring the topic of identity, acceptance and belonging. Along the way he meets some very ‘interesting’ characters, each and every one as wonderful as the next. With each new character comes a lovely new song. From lullabies to jazz, pop to reggae and some creative movement and dance showcases in between, there’s something for everyone. Our mini mumbler was up from her chair, dancing and joining in the fun, mesmerised by the brightly coloured and creative props.
Following the performance the children were given the opportunity to meet the actors and colour in eggs to place in a special basket.
Overall, Ugly Duckling is colourful, fun, engaging, inspiring and well worth a watch.
The performance is showing at York Theatre Royal until the 14th October before touring the rest of the country until February 2018.
tutti frutti are running a members club to help deliver fantastic theatre to children nationally which children can sign up to.
For children aged 3+ and their families
Tickets £12 adults and £7 under 16s
Box office 01904 623568
We attended on Friday 29th September.
Review by Kathryn Hassell.
Photos below courtesy of Brian Slater Photography.