Primary Times Children's Choice Awards review of I'll Take You To Mrs Cole
Our Primary Times' review:
I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole is an entertaining blend of fun, music, dance and comedy with a little nostalgia and politics.
The production is based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman. The story is set in 1981 and Ashley is living with her Mum. Ashley’s Mum asks her to help with chores around the house. Ashley has best intentions of helping but often finds her imagination wandering and plays in a world of make believe. When Ashley’s Mum returns home to chaos she threatens her with “I’ll take you to Mrs Cole”. Ashley is terrified of this prospect. When she eventually goes to see Mrs Cole she finds her to be very friendly.
My kids (aged 9 and 7) enjoyed the reggae, ska and rocksteady music and the original songs. Eva (7) thought that Ashley had a great imagination and said “I liked when Ashley was pretending to ride a horse”. Holly (9) said “it was really funny when Ashley was dancing and hadn’t noticed that her Mum had come home, that made me laugh”. However, my kids found the suggestions of Mrs Cole eating babies a bit too scary. I liked the 1980’s nostalgia such as the shell suit and that I had to explain to my kids how I used to listen to music on a record player. And no... I didn’t have Alexa when I was growing up! Enjoyable for both children and adults.
Our young reviewer says:
"I liked when Ashley was pretending to ride a horse” - Eva, aged 7
“It was really funny when Ashley was dancing and hadn’t noticed that her Mum had come home, that made me laugh” - Holly aged 10
Reviewed on 5th August 2019