Review: Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at Sherman Theatre.

Three people dressed in yellow fisherman clothing with little fish props.

It has been a full on day of theatre today, and I am not complaining at all! We’ve been waiting in anticipation to see Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at Sherman for a long time; we adore Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler; their stories are truly unforgettable.

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales is an adventure into the poetic world of Julia Donaldson and the visual delight of Axel Scheffler. There are several stories told throughout the show, with Monkey Puzzle interwoven throughout. The stories include: Tiddler, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze.

I have a massive soft spot for Sherman, their theatre pursuits always surprise and inspire me. This performance didn’t hold back on imagination or inventiveness; from shadow puppets to ingenious props, it had it all.

I loved watching George and Molly discover each tale, their excitement evident as the guessed the story and joined in with the poetic tales. The performers were strong and well matched, offering gorgeous harmonies and powerful performances.

The songs were really well written and I actually found The Smartest Giant in Town quite emotional! The performers worked in sync with one another to create different scenes, the choreography was quirky and well produced, and the costumes were incredibly inventive.

I particularly loved the Tiddler scene with the shadows; the light and dark of the shapes, the creation of jellyfish and giant sharks – it was so visually mesmerising. The costumes were also amazing, with headdresses and props used in new and exciting ways. George and Molly adored seeing how they used different elements and combine them to create a stunning performance; I think it’s inspired them with their own little shows!

The show kept the whole audience on their toes, moving seamlessly from one tale to the next, with music, costume and quirky performances. We absolutely loved it and felt quite disappointed when it was over!

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales is on at Sherman until 23rd February 2018. Go and see it, you’ll have a terrific time!


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