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There May Be A Castle (Susan Elkin reviews)

There May Be A Castle continues at the Little Angel Theatre, London until 23 January 2021.

Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩

With its basis in a Piers Torday novel and music by Barb Jungr, this show for 7-11s and their families ought to work well. In the event it falls disappointingly short of the sum of its parts.

For a start it can’t make up its mind what it’s trying to be or do. There’s a lot of apparently light-hearted silliness, songs and a fart joke so gratuitous that even the children didn’t laugh at the performance I saw. Actually it’s about the death of a child and the mismatch is jarring.

It’s confusing too. For a long time I often didn’t know what was going on and I’m a theatrically experienced adult. Goodness knows what under-11s make of it if they haven’t read the book.

Three children (Georgia Mae-Myers, Stacey Read and Kat Johns-Burke) are being driven by their mother (Ruth Calkin) across the moors …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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