A couple of months ago my friend R asked if S and I would like to join her and her little girl to go and see The Scarecrows Wedding. To be honest I’d never heard of it but S loves going to the theatre to essentially watch books he’s read. We’ve previously been to see The tiger who came to tea, Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. So I ordered the book and he’s read it quite a bit in the last month.
Leicester Square theatre isn’t huge and R had booked us tickets in the very first row so we got to watch the show up close and personal. The stage was quite “busy” with props but the show only had 3 actors. Although they do follow the story, they set the scene with a few songs. 10 minutes in and S asked me when the scarecrows were going to come out 😕 They were already on stage…
Once they got into the show, it was pretty entertaining. There were lots of songs (which obviously they don’t have in the book), Betty and Harry were played by 2 individuals but everyone else in the play was depicted by 1 actor. There were a lot of scenes where you had to use your imagination and I did wonder if it would go over the kids heads but I think I underestimated them. It was quite humorous (they involved the audience a couple of times) and I looked over to see S sniggering. Another time I looked over and he was bopping his head to one of the songs.
The whole show was only 55 minutes. S did get a little restless half way through but overall I think he and N enjoyed it. I do think it would have been nice if they had one other actor playing all the animals and left the original actor to just be the farmer and the narrator.
As far as plays go, it was pretty well done. The acting was great and their musical abilities were fantastic. As far as stories go (I realised this a bit late), I think it’s weird that a children’s book introduces smoking of cigars. But I’ve used it to my advantage and S now declares “mummy smoking is very bad!!” everytime he sees a no smoking sign or when we get to that part of the book.
The Scarecrows Wedding is playing at The Leicester Square Theatre until the 4th of September so you still have lots of time to catch the show.