Earlier this year I saw that Harewood House was showing a children’s musical – “The Princess and The Giant” performed by Folksy Theatre. It was an outdoor theatre production, and so I had vision of sitting in the sunshine over the bank holiday weekend, with a picnic and watching this play.
The play was based on a book of the same name and by Caryl Hart. I didn’t know the story, but decided to book it as we all like going to the theatre and the outdoor experience wold be an added bonus.
In the meantime, I bought the book and both my daughter and I loved it. It’s a modern take on these kind of stories, with the Princess being brave and trying to find out why the Giant is so upset and angry. It was also a book suitable for a 5 year old. Phew!
The day of the play arrived and the heavens opened. As the day went on, I wanted to sit on the soggy grass, getting rained on whilst watching a play less and less. Luckily, in the afternoon, Harewood House took the decision to move the theatre in to the Church. We were just recommended to wrap up warm and bring a cushion along.
It all worked out well in the end. The book translated well in to an hour long children’s musical. The actors adapted to their change of venue too. The songs were catchy enough for the children and they all enjoyed having some actions and little bits to join in with. The Giant puppet was a triumph. We adults enjoyed ourselves too. The story worked well being turned in to a 1 hour long musical and each actor played their parts and instruments very well indeed.
Quote from my 5 year old daughter “It was Lovely.” When asked if there was a best bit, she said “All of it was the best bit. ”
Of course our daughter wanted a photo with “Sophie” at the end.
I’d highly recommend this play, if it tours near to you. I’d say that it would work well for 3-6 year olds. I will be looking out for what Folksy Theatre are doing next year.