Theatre review: Room on the Broom at Colston Hall; 5/10 by Martin Booth
AXEL Scheffler is not just the artist who designed the Gromit that could be found in the Central Library during the summer.
That Gromit featured designs from The Grufallo, his most well-known collaboration with author Julia Donaldson. They have worked on many books together, another of which, Room on the Broom, has been turned into a stage show.
But Colston Hall wasn't the right venue for a show of this kind.
It was clear from the staging that the show is geared for a much smaller stage. The actors, assorted characters and voices often got lost in the vastness of the auditorium.
The thoughts of the young audience were clear by their chatter and fidgeting in the stalls. The show certainly didn't hold their attention, and an hour's running time was also ambitious.
There was some skilful puppeteering and singing, and a red dragon with an accent from the Welsh valleys was a lovely touch.
But there was barely any engagement with the young audience and this was inexcusable. My two-and-a-half year-old daughter was more engaged with the Grufallo Gromit than this show.
Back to the book for us.