REVIEW: MEG IN THE MAGIC TOYSHOP (Children’s / Performance)

Vintage Vendetta Productions (UK) bring Meg and Penny to Adelaide in a colourful interactive production for small kids and big kids alike.

Merrilyn Greer as Meg. Photo supplied.

Merrilyn Greer played Meg to perfection using a combination of dancing, lilting voice, and animated character. Her production, set in a toy shop filled with delightful props, was an educational 40 minutes that ignited the imagination and engaged even the toughest critics below the age of 5.

Her assistant, Penny (the toy soldier) was played by Leah Gauthier, a captivating actress in her own right, who supported Greer with solid harmonies and playful choreography as they turned the toy shop upside down in search of Meg’s missing white glove.

Leah Gauthier and Merrilyn Greer. Photo by Jakub Gaudasinski

Both Greer and Gauthier sang with great intonation despite the reverberant hall, and the selection of beautiful songs were uplifting and well-suited to the genre, storyline, and the audience.

With vibrant costumes, lively sets, magic tricks, songs and dance, and a bubble machine, what’s not to like?

It has a timeless quality and it made many young faces light up. It is the type of production I could see touring primary schools and festivals with an extended shelf life.

The child in me had so much fun singing and dancing along with Meg and Penny whilst catching bubbles in my hand. This is a lovely interactive Fringe production that is ideal for families with young children.

Rating ☆☆☆☆1/2

Reviewed performance: 2 March 2018

11.30 am, 1 March at Burnside Library
11.30 am, 2 March at Holy Roller Studios, Prospect
4.15 pm, 3 March at Woodville Town Hall
5.00 pm, 4 March at Woodville Town Hall
11.30 am, 7 March at Mt Barker Community Library
4.30 pm, 8 March at Burnside Library
4.30 pm, 9 March at Holy Rollers Studios, Prospect
11.00 am, 10 March at Mt Barker Community Library

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