The Water Babies

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

This new adaption of Charles Kingsley's classic tale is billed as suitable for five-year-olds upwards with a vivid imagination.

I would not agree and would liken it to watching your teachers performing a show and you not being sure whether to sit still or give a ripple of light laughter.

This is a sit, watch and listen show and its humour is deep as are the morals of good versus evil.

The Northern Broadsides actor/musicians were great performers but I felt it was all aimed way above the heads of the many children in the audience.

Perhaps the cast felt the most comfortable with it all.

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There is nothing flash about this production and it is aimed to make you think and concentrate.

The second half provided faster-moving action, with the good, in the form of Tom aka Hod (Adam Sunderland), ensuring the bad, Grimes aka Baldur (Andy Cresswell), got his comeuppance.

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