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Children's shows - reviews

Shark in the Park

Hertford Theatre
3.30pm, 27 May 2017

Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books are simple but clever – with the use of a “keyhole” on the page, young boy Timothy Pope looks through his telescope and sees what he thinks is a shark’s fin, shouting – (obviously) “There’s a shark in the park!”. But then the page turns and it’s only something like a cat’s ear or another everyday occurence like an Elvis quiff.

This production “does” all three books in an hour by adapting and developing Sharratt’s idea, adding a back story that gives Timothy a home life with a dad who indulges his son – but it also keeps all the characters and objects that young fans are expecting in very inventive ways – and manages to eek the story out for an hour without “losing” the young audience.

Package it all up with a colourful set and lively songs and you’ve got a very entertaining afternoon.

Age range: States 3-8 but there were lots of younger ones there loving it as well.

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