The Borrowers Review – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
On Tuesday night we were invited to the press night for The Sherman‘s Christmas Show The Borrowers. I know that The Borrowers is often on TV at Christmas time but when I head it was going to be the Sherman’s Christmas offering I was a little disappointed – it didn’t sound Christmassy to me if that makes sense. Well, how wrong could I be, and how wrong was I to doubt the Sherman Theatre for we have never seen a bad performance there.
I took along my husband and the girls (9 and 5) and they have never seen or read The Borrowers before so it was a complete novelty for them and they couldn’t wait to see it.
The scene is set with The Clock Family and it is immediately apparent that they are small people – the staging was perfect and very cleverly done. I loved the giant knitting that Arietty uses for a bed and the dice used as a seat brought some perspective for the children.
The interplay between the Borrowers and the human beans was seamless. It was so cleverly done, you got a real sense of the difference between the human beans and the Borrowers and the two worlds connected and intertwined brilliantly. Little Miss J’s favourite part was where a doll’s house chair was dropped below the floorboards and appeared on stage as a full size chair. It really gave her the sense of perspective.
The show was filled with humour, suspense and drama and it kept us on the edge of our seats for the whole time. The children laughed so much at the musical cricket and were worried (but crucially not scared) when Mrs Driver attempted to flush the Borrowers out from underneath the floorboards.
I don’t want to give too much away of the story but let’s just say that it ends leaving you full of hope, adventure and with a really magical feeling. We see Arietty grow up and spread her own wings and her parents too, coming out of a life of hiding and repression to a world of fun and adventure. Family is reunited and celebrate together, just as many of us will do at Christmas time.
Honestly if you only see one show, make it this one this Christmas. The Borrowers is on until the 31st December 2016 and you can book tickets here.
If you have younger children The Sherman’s younger audience showing this year is the Emporor’s New Clothes and it looks like so much fun.
The Emporor’s New Clothes is showing again until the 31st December 2016 and you can book tickets here.
Disclosure – we were invited to the press performance for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.