“This is a wonderful production for young children” – Laura, Mum
“It was so funny” – Tommy, 4
My husband and I attended the Unicorn Theatre’s terrific production of Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine with our nine-year-old daughter and four-year-old son and were all captivated from the very start. In my son’s words, “It was so funny!”
The set was decorated with portraits of the king and queen in the styles of various famous artists, and before the play began, my daughter, husband and I had fun identifying references to everyone from Boticelli and Dali to van Gogh and Warhol. (In fact, it got me thinking about ways to have fun with some family portraits of our own.)
Then the action began. Septimus Bean is an inventor who makes machines so marvelous, he simply must present them at the palace. The only issue is that he’s never quite sure what his creations actually do.
As he, King Alfred the Third and Queen Petronella puzzle this out, again and again (and again) and in wonderful rhyming verse, hilarity ensues.
Fionn Gill as Septimus Bean was superbly adept at infecting the youngsters in his audience with enthusiasm for his ever-more-fabulous inventions–when we attended, children were actually calling out to him throughout the performance.
Terence Frisch and Llewella Gideon as the king and queen are wonderful comic actors who had everyone laughing.
Most exciting of all was the play’s finale, which had the audience exit the theatre to see what had had become of Septimus’s latest creation. All of its odd components had been set up around the theatre’s entrance hall as Bean Park, a fantastical children’s play area.
Both of my children, even the older one who had found the play a bit young for her, had a grand time feeding balls into twisty transparent tubes, using a pump to blow a foam ball into the air, taking apart and remaking an enormous magnetic puzzle, stomping on pedals to operate a fountain and sliding down a small chute, to name but some of the activities.
We were among the last to leave, and my children have been conceiving of ingenious improvements to our modest climbing frame ever since.
This is a wonderful production for young children.
JOIN US ON A CULTURE CLUB FAMILY TRIP
Join the Culture Club members, and come along to a special workshop & see the show. Register your details on the Culture Club website here.
Date : June 26th
Workshop : 1200-1300
Show : 1100
(All bookings subject to a my culture club £2.50 concierge fee per person).