Theatre Review: Monday's Child at York Theatre Royal
Erika Poole as Woman and Josie Cerise as Gir in Monday's Child. Photo by BrianSlater(
Before even making it through the doors of the Studio at York Theatre Royal there was a tantrum followed by the dreaded words: "But I don't want to go to the theatre!". Luckily, this was not a date gone horribly wrong, but a 4 year old boy with his red-faced grandma. Just one of the many risks of children's theatre.
Anyone who has ever been in contact with a child aged 3-7 will know that they speak as they see and, if they aren't kept entertained and their attention is lost, well, a theatre full of people is going to know about it. With an almost sell out show of boisterous and expectant children, theatre group tutti frutti definitely had their work cut out for them with their latest production; Monday's Child.
But, there needn't have been any apprehension; award-winning writer, Brendan Murray, renowned artistic director, Wendy Harris and the wonderfully enchanting children's actresses, Erika Poole and Josie Cerise, knew exactly what was needed to capture the imagination of each child (and adult) in the audience.
From a brilliantly charismatic duo, to singing and dancing and even balloons and bubbles, the production certainly had everything that a child would enjoy, but this play goes far beyond your average children's entertainment.
Josie Cerise as girl in Monday's Child. Photo by Brian Slater
By focusing on a young girl and her Grandma, the play is able to explore issues such as coping with memory loss and how young people deal with grown up problems. Although the play is predominantly fun and joyful, its underlying poignancy gives it some adult appeal.
A great afternoon at the theatre for all ages.
Monday's Child will run at York Theatre Royal until April 26th 2014 and will be touring until June.