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David Baddiel’s Animalcolm (Story Pocket Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

The stage adaptation of David Baddiel’s novel for children ‘AniMalcolm’ follows a boy who doesn’t share his family’s love for animals. However, one trip to the farm and a goat’s spell later, Malcolm finds himself trapped in the bodies of different beasts. Before long he has a whole menagerie joining him, as he attempts to find a way back to his human form. The performers work hard and switch between parts well, but the story becomes repetitive after a while. It is a fine show with an ultimately sweet message, but it mysteriously lacks humour and none of the songs are particularly lively, which causes the energy to dissipate quickly. As a result, a fair few under 10s make their exit before the finale.

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