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Room on the Broom is a magical adaptation of the much-loved, award-winning children’s picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The simple story of a witch and her cat flying on their broomstick and meeting new friends along the way is well interpreted in this production, which treats children’s imaginations with respect by not over-complicating things.

With bright songs, plenty of laughs, adventure, magic and puppetry, Room on the Broom is warm and friendly. There is always something magical about having one of your favourite stories played out for you and it was clear the kids enjoyed watching the characters come to life on stage.

Promotional material recommends the show for ages 3+ years but many of the younger members of the audience found it hard to stay engaged for the full 55 minutes. Consequently, there was a lot of little chatter during the performance – this is often unavoidable in a theatre full of children, but unfortunately in this case it was enough to be a distraction.

However, the four performers are brilliantly cast and work seamlessly with each other and the adorable puppets. The songs are catchy, fun and wonderfully performed, while the script is a well-written mix of narration from the book and further exploration of the characters and story.

There are some good laughs thrown in for the grown-ups, but most of all the production is simply a beautiful adaptation of a wonderful book.

Regardless of whether this book is already a family favourite or if it’s yet to find its way to your bookshelf, Room on the Broom is a delicate and beautiful piece of theatre for the children in your life.

Room on the Broom is at the Dunstan Playhouse until July 20, with performances at 10am and 12.30am, plus an additional 3pm show on July 18 and 20.


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