Reviewed by Laura S
The production is based on a book of the same name by James Sellick. The story is about climate change and how humans are taking over the world and destroying it to make our lives easier.
The play gets the critical message across that the world is in crisis due to climate change and that we humans need to be changing our ways before it is too late. There is a strong emphasis that you are never too young to make a change.
The story is told through the eyes of a young girl and several animals, all of which are puppets.
The little girl finds a range of animals in her home that shouldn’t be living there. Each animal details the changes and dangers humans’ are causing to their lives and habitats.
The staging and props are straightforward but effective, with sound and light changes adding to the drama.
We visited with a five & seven-year-old. The play is aimed at five-eleven-year-olds. However, I felt it was more suitable for seven plus-year-olds.
The storyline is dark, and some scenes were a bit scary for my five-year-old, which she found upsetting.
My seven year old has covered climate change at school and is interested in it, so he understood the play better, and the messages given but became fidgety at times, as did the other children.
Towards the end of the play, it became more interactive for the children, and they all enjoyed taking part.
If you are looking for a fun and happy play that leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling at the end, this isn’t for you. Whilst it is engaging, and the use of puppets is very clever, you will come away feeling downbeat and questioning the impact of just about everything you do.
The monkey’s noise is very high pitched, which might cause upset if you have sensory issues.
The theatre is easy to find just off Upper Street with many transport links via bus, train & tube into and out of London.
The theatre is a quaint old building that is fully accessible via a ramp.
Within the building, there is a shop that sells merchandise.
There are two toilets, both of which were clean and one was fully accessible.
All of the staff were very friendly and efficient in getting each group to their allocated seats.
The seats in the theatre are rows of benches with thick comfy cushions on top. The benches are raked to give you an excellent view of the stage, from where ever you are sat.
I loved that there were plaques on each bench to show that the inner two or three seats were specifically designated for children to sit. The children sat on the inner bench seats to view the stage perfectly without adults blocking their view.
Each booking was allocated their own bench, which prevented having to climb over other guests to get in and out when needed or if the children wanted to move seats within their group.
The theatre and play were very family-oriented and with a relaxed atmosphere.
Overall I rate the play 4/5 stars. Whilst I appreciate the importance of the messages given in the play and the clever use of puppets, due to the content, I wouldn’t recommend it for children under seven years old unless they were very mature for their age.
More info and booking info:
There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom & Other Stories
A Little Angel Theatre production
10 September – 7 November 2021
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The Little Angel Theatre
14 Dagmar Passage
Off Cross Street
Imagine waking up to find a turtle bathing in your bathtub, an orangutan bouncing on your bed and a jaguar creeping through your kitchen! But how did they all get here? And why on earth are they all so far from home?
Join us for a magical mix of puppetry and music as we discover more about our animal friends and what we can do to help – because no one is too small to make a difference.
Inspired by the Greenpeace campaign films There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom, and There’s a Monster in My Kitchen written by James Sellick, and featuring a voiceover by Emma Thompson.
There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom & Other Stories is aimed at ages 5-11.
To book tickets please click here Or call the Box Office to book on 020 7226 1787 (Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm).
£11.50 children (ages 1-17)
All tickets £8 for previews 10-17 September and weekday shows at 4.45 pm
Find out more about their Puppets for All scheme, which offers free tickets to families who would otherwise be unable to visit their theatre.
Running Time: 45 mins approx.