Primary Times Children's Choice Awards review of I Believe in Unicorns

 

Our Primary Times' review:

 

I Believe in Unicorns is a charming, delightful and heart -warming show in which we were guided on a magical journey about the power of reading and imagination. The show is a creative adaptation from the best-selling book written by Michael Morpurgo.

The story was beautifully and captivatingly told by Danyah Miller. The show is set in a library and follows a young boy called Tomas who hates reading. The librarian (Danyah) tells some of the stories in the books and gradually the magic of the books are revealed and the set comes to life. She opens up one book to reveal a model of a house, with lights shining in the windows. She opens another and pours real milk from the pages. A ladder is pulled from one book and a rope from another. Powerful images of a fire, a child running and a songbird are projected on to the set.

By the end of the journey Tomas discovers the joy of books and learns to read. My two daughters aged 9 and 7 years thought the show was “magical” and “excellent”.  Eva (7) had great admiration for Danyah’s engaging story telling skills. She said, “It was amazing how the whole story was told by one person and she changed her voice for the different characters”.  Holly (9) enjoyed being able to participate in the show. “I liked passing around the books and shouting out words to be included in the story”, she said.

In a fast paced and over complicated world, this brilliantly simple production reminded us of the importance of developing a love of reading and helped us believe in the power of our own imagination (as well as unicorns!)

 

Our young reviewers say:

 

“It was amazing how the whole story was told by one person and she changed her voice for the different characters” - Eva, aged 7

“I liked passing around the books and shouting out words to be included in the story” - Holly, aged 9

 

 

Reviewed on 5th August 2019

 

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