ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Children's Shows Reviews

The Velveteen Rabbit (Backhand Theatre in association with C Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 11 August 2011

“Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful,” confides the Raggedy Doll as she narrates this lovely adaptation of Margery Williams’ tale, where toys come to life and the titular Velveteen Rabbit dreams of becoming real. Although the performance progresses a little slowly in places, the small cast does an admirable job – encouraging children in the audience to take part, recruiting their help to hunt for the lost china dog, and even chatting to them about the wet weather before the show begins. The puppets are beautifully convincing; for a show exploring what is real, it certainly makes believers of the children watching – particularly if one boy’s delighted cry of “real snow!” during the final scene is anything to go by.

C eca, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15), 11.00am (11.50am), £4.50 – £8.50, fpp30.
tw rating 3/5