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Review: Room on the Broom at Warwick Arts Centre

Hayley Draper reviews Room on the Broom at Warwick Arts Centre.

Room on the Broom at Warwick Arts Centre
*****
Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom

The book by Julia Donaldson/ Axel Scheffler (creators of The Gruffalo) is brought to life for the stage by highly-acclaimed Tall Stories.

The story is a favourite in our house and our recording of the animated version is in danger of wearing out, so I was interested to see how my sons, aged five and three, took to a stage show based on the much-loved characters.

Plenty of original songs, imaginative choreography and often spontaneous audience participation makes it a really engaging show – with a few jokes for the adults thrown in – as the tale of the witch and her cat and their ever-growing entourage unfolds to a showdown with a brilliantly Welsh red dragon who is determined to have witch with his chips for once.

Fiona Putnam, as the hapless Witch, and Yvette Clutterbuck, as the Cat who says there is just no room on the broom for anyone else, are both brilliant.

But special mention must go to the spellbinding puppetry by David Garrud and Sam Donovan – playing the lovable Dog, Louisianan blues-singing Frog and wide boy cockney Bird – who simply make the performance.

Recommended for ages three and up, it’s a wonderful way to begin introducing your child to theatre.

If you’re looking for a show that’s not your usual panto this Christmas, make it this one – a truly festive treat for the whole family.

Runs until December 29.

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