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A child's view

Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music

Sam Wanamaker Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, London
4.15pm, 28 July 2018

A beautiful 16th Century style theatre, a sextet of musicians and an actor giving her all – a really lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

This highly entertaining performance is a wonderful journey through some of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes using the mediums of spoken word, theatre, and live music.

It involves musicians the Magnard Ensemble playing evocative music from composer Paul Patterson amongst others, while Rebecca Kenny (described by her musician colleagues as a force of nature and they’re not wrong) performs a one woman Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and three other monologues about revolting creatures with simple props and huge personality.

Rebecca quite literally throws herself around the theatre, often breaking the fourth wall but thankfully not any bones. With a range of voices, ever-changing and sometimes extraordinary facial expressions, and bags of energy she kept her young (and not so young) audience enthralled. It was also really funny.

The six talented musicians come across as a strong team – they were not only highly competent but also very smiley and fun and everybody just looked like they were having a whale of a time.

A highly skilled production all round and a marvellous way to spend an afternoon.

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