Our Day at The Scarecrow’s Wedding
Our Day at The Scarecrow’s Wedding
Leicester Square Theatre, London
I’m delighted to have had the chance to review the Scamp Theatre’s big-stage adaptation of author Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s bestseller The Scarecrows’ Wedding. This came at a perfect time as it was just before my eldest son Shea’s 8th Birthday. As both of my sons have started their own little project of writing a book Shea & Rory’s Story’s this opportunity could not have been a better birthday treat.
We all found this to be light hearted and thoroughly entertaining. A must go family show! Scamp theatre already have a well established reputation for brilliant children’s theatre and this addition will surely enhance their standing.
Perfectly directed by Eva Sampson, this show was a hilarious mix of short but sweet scenes that kept even the youngest entranced.
The vintage country style to the play was very pleasant for us adults and left me fancying an afternoon picnic in the countryside.
We were all totally relaxed by Darren Clark’s easy listening songs such as Love of a Scarecrow and Passing of the Seasons (we want to get a CD of the songs) Brilliant use of fabulous props on James Button’s lush hillside set made it a visual treat for the children.
There was plenty of laughing from the children, which will make this production a huge success with all the family I’m sure.
Overview of Story
The two lovable scarecrows Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, play, dance, fall in love, then plan to get married. They want their wedding to be the best most unforgettable wedding ever. Harry goes off on his search to buy his bride to be lovely wedding presents, but when Harry takes some time and is delayed the farmer thinks he has gone for good.
So the farmer gets a replacement in the form of Reginald Rake from France. Rake goes on to strut and show off with his bragging to win the affection of Betty who professes her undying love for Harry. With a near disaster Harry comes home just in the nick of time to save the day and have the most amazing Wedding Day.
Lucy Wells as Betty and Matthew Hamper as Harry both do a brilliant job. Michael Palmer is a great multi tasker appearing as the farmer, Reginald Rake and the animals.
The inventive use of props is very amusing when a clothes line with bells are the imaginary cows, gloves on sticks are black crows, a green space hopper becomes a toad, and the farmer’s socks transform to become geese. Very inventive!
All in all an enchanting love story. A fun afternoon had by all that I would recommend to all families with children under 8.
We were absolutely thrilled to have got to meet the Illustrator Axel Sheffler who gave my sons great advice for their book writing venture and signed their books with a fabulous illustration of a crow. This has inspired my boys to get to work with their own books.
If you get the opportunity to go and see this lovely show we hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.
Thanks to Tracey Catherine Hurst from Information Empires & & The Online Course Club for her review, along with her sons, Shea & Rory who are big fans of Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Sheffler’s books so this was a great treat for them. Their own Books will be coming soon at Shea and Rorys Storys.
SATURDAY 9 JULY – SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2016
LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE – 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX
Performances: Tuesday – Wednesday 11am, Thursday – Sunday 11am & 2pm
No Friday 2pm perfs on 5 & 12 August. No performances Tue 30 Aug. Additional performances Wed 10 August 2pm, Mon 29th Aug 11am & 2pm
Adults £19.50, Children £14.50, Family Ticket £55 (booking fees apply)
Box Office 020 7734 2222 | www.leicestersquaretheatre.com