Presented by Big Wooden Horse and Theatre Royal Winchester and based on Oliver Jeffers’ bestselling picture book, I Theatre’s newest show, The Way Back Home, will be playing at the Alliance Francaise Theatre from 12 – 20 September 2015.
I really love plays and productions based on books because it’s always so fun to read and re-read the book together with the kiddo again before the show. Wey had eagerly re-read this favourite Oliver Jeffers title ever since I told him we’d be catching the show on the last weekend of the holidays. Because we have the audio CD version of the book, we also got to enjoy the book being read out loud during the car rides back from school.
Playing to a full house on Saturday, the team that also brought us Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus in 2014, made the popular picture book The Way Back Home come to live on stage with lots of laughter and fun. It was so delightful to see familiar things from the book on stage and I especially liked that the set included many of the other Oliver Jeffers’ picture books.
The start of the play had lots of reference to other Oliver Jeffers’ stories as well – the Star (How to Catch a Star), the Penguin (Lost and Found). Do expect a little bit of creative adaptation of the book as the opening scene has a Girl (Charlotte Cooper) looking for The Boy (totally not in the original story) and got both Wey and I a little confused at first. Not that it really mattered because he was so engrossed with what was happening on stage he didn’t even realise that his best friend R had moved away from the seat next to him, until much later!!
The children were thrilled when The Boy (Harrison Spiers) found the plane in the cupboard – haha… I could hear the wows, ooohhs and ahhs from every part of the theatre!! Even the adults were excited!
The talented two-person cast interacted with the young audience and brought everyone along on their intergalactic pretend-play adventure about a special friendship between The Boy and The Alien, and kept them engrossed from start to end. Wey giggled and laughed at the antics onstage and especially so when the Alien and the Boy finally meet and tried to have a conversation! It was hilarious! “Minime… Me Mini … MeMiniMiniMe … MiniMinime Miniminime” said the Alien! LOL!
I also liked that there was very good audience participation and interaction as the two actors asked questions “Do you have a plane?” and even sought the help of the audience to ‘toss’ the rope to the Boy to pull him up to the Moon! haha… Wey and R certainly enjoyed themselves pulling at the rope and ‘helping’ the Boy 🙂
The catchy music, lyrics and songs really made the play even more enjoyable. We laughed so much at the song making the noise of a sputtering plane running out of petrol … “pfft pfft! Pfft Pfft! pfft ppftt!” hahha… I do so wish that they had brought along CDs of the play to sell because the songs were really nice and I’m sure the little ones would have enjoyed listening to them again after the show.
Remember not to run off after any I Theatre show because the cast usually appears for a brief photo opportunity. The Way Back Home was no exception and both The Boy and The Alien patiently accommodated the eager kiddos waiting in line. Queues form quite quickly so do make sure you don’t rush off or you’ll miss that one more photo for the album! Here’s ours!
The Way Back Home is such a lovely story about the unique friendship between two presumably very different beings. In the loneliness of the dark, a stranger can mean danger or it can be a lifelong faithful companion. The stage play made the story more believable as a pretend play between two children and yet doesn’t forget the theme of a faithful lifelong friendship that remains special despite absence. I’m glad that I got to watch it with Shirley, my dear friend of over 10 years ~ and though we may not have as much time together as before the kids and noise haha there still remains a special bond always. 🙂
With the current hazy conditions, perhaps it’s really best to let the children have some indoor meaningful theatre fun with The Way Back Home. We enjoyed ourselves very much! Do get your tickets fast at SISTIC now or miss out on the intergalactic fun adventure! More show details at the end of the post.
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About The Way Back Home
One day a boy finds a plane in his cupboard. He flies his plane higher and higher until he runs out of petrol and lands on the moon. He is frightened, lost and alone until a passing Martian lands there too! Who is the strange alien? Can they be friends? And how will they find their way back home?
When: 12 to 20 September 2015 |Tues-Fri : 10AM & 2.30PM | Sat & Sun : 10.30AM & 2.30PM
Where: Alliance Française Theatre, 1 Sarkies Rd S(258130) (Map)
Who: 3 years and above
Duration: 50 minutes with no interval
Tickets available through:
SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide
We were extended tickets to the show for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed remain our own. Photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright of I Theatre.