As a child I absolutely loved The Borrowers – the TV show and the books bring back such fond memories for me so when I was given the chance to take LP and Little Man to see The Borrowers live on stage I just couldn’t wait. I may have been more excited than they were!
The Borrowers has burst onto Polka Theatre‘s Main Stage and will be there all the way through the summer. I wasn’t sure how such a timeless classic would translate to the stage but was keen to find out and as soon as the lights dimmer and the characters came onto the stage the children were in awe and I was excited – The Borrowers were there, right in front of us.
The show was so clever, using a mixture of actors and puppets to tell the story. Parts of the show were portrayed by The Borrowers as actors, with a set made of larger than life props and at other points the actors were humans and The Borrowers were puppets, showing the scale well and allowing us to really get absorbed into the story.
The show tells the story of Arrietty who has spent her whole life beneath the floorboards of a house, dreaming of the great outdoors and the whole world that she hasn’t yet experienced. In the show The Borrowers have to leave their home and a whole new life and adventure awaits – with so many characters who are all really well portrayed and so true to the original books.
The Borrowers was two hours long with a good length interval in the middle. I was worried that the children, aged four and nearly six, may get bored or lose interest towards the end but they were enthralled throughout – they had no previous experience of The Borrowers and were so interested and excited by this new world of little people on the stage. They haven’t stopped talking about The Borrowers since we saw it – it was most definitely a hit!
If you want to take the children somewhere different this summer and have a few hours free then The Borrowers at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon would be a great experience. You can see the full list of times and dates here.
Disclosure: We were invited to the above show for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.