We were finally back at KidsFest 2016 after a long wait. Having caught a few fantastic productions like The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Horrible Histories Vile Victorians and three memorable times of Gruffalo since KidsFest was first introduced in 2012 (our blog had not started yet then, haha!), we attended Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns with full confidence and expectation of a raving good show today.
The children (including myself) were totally captivated by Danyah Miller’s story-telling which brought best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life. It was an enchanting show presented to celebrate the joy of stories and books.
Presented by Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents, this intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas.
Do you love the library? Well, Tomas hates reading and going to school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library….
Danyah Miller artfully captured the attention of the audience and wowed all of us with a special 3-minute wildly-imaginative live drama of an adventure to Mars. Inputs from the audience, no less. I shall leave out the details since every show would have a different treat. This reminded me of The Fantastical Story Factory we caught last year. Talented, really.
In the one-hour show, we were treated to plentiful audience interaction and visual treats with special lighting effects over simple background. At times, it felt almost like a magic show with props popping out of books. When the houses in the village burned down one by one, I was affected for a brief moment over the sudden sadness. And I could almost feel Danyah’s tears when she narrated about how her dad risked saving a treasured book and withstood beatings without giving up the book until he was able to hand it to her.
And of course, the show ended with the Unicorn story, the very intriguing story that enthralled Tomas (and all of us). The very magical one that ensured stories are followed by stories, literally – you’d get what I mean when you watch it for yourself.
An enchanting and interactive production, Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns, which won an Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence at Brighton Festival, sparks imagination in both young and old. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’ spellbinding journey.
Many of us hope that our kids can grow up to love books as much as we do. Unlike when we were young, there is now a lively visual arts scene in Singapore where the kids can get watch their favourite stories come to life. So don’t miss this! It gave Jiejie a chance to start picking up the set of stories by Michael Morpurgo which I have stocked for her last year during a book buffet sale – something different from the adventure / fantasy genres she’s been indulging in. Ever since I read out loud the entire story of “I Believe In Unicorns” for the kids, she has been spotted fervently reading through book after book. It all just happened within a week! There could be really something magical about the Unicorns ❤
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About KidsFest! 2016 I Believe in Unicorns
When: Thu, 4 Feb 5pm | Sat, 6 Feb : 3pm & 5.15pm| Sun, 7 Feb : 10am, 12.15pm
Where: SOTA – Drama Theatre @ 1 Zubir Said Drive Singapore 227968 (Map)
Who: Recommended for children aged 6 and above & their families
Duration: Approximately 55 minutes with no interval
Ticket Price : S$62, S$52, S$42 (excludes SISTIC charges)
For more information, visit http://www.kidsfest.com.sg.
Tickets available through: SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555 | SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide