Having lived in Wimbledon for over 15 years, it seemed a shame that I’d never got around to watching a show at the Polka Theatre. Although I didn’t quite fit into the suggested age bracket of 3-6 years for this particular show, on Saturday I was invited to attend with my nephew as we witnessed a brilliant performance of In the Winter Wood. If you live locally to the Polka Theatre, you will surely have seen promotional material about this show on your daily travels, and having watched it first hand this weekend, I can assure you that it is worth the visit.
From the moment that we entered the Polka Theatre, we had stepped into a new world of fun, colour and adventure. Walking into the Adventure Room where the performance was set to take place, we were encouraged to pay attention to the animal footprints on the floor, and soon found ourselves sat in a circle around the room amongst the other attendees. All phones were prohibited during the performance, so the dimly lit theatre which was staged as a Scandinavian Winter Wood remained pretty quiet as we sat snuggled up in the blankets provided and eagerly awaited the start of the show.
The performance of In the Winter Wood is quite rightly described as ‘tales full of bravery and friendship,’ and these were all lead by the amazingly talented storyteller Jan Blake. In approximately one hour, Jan managed to keep all attendees entertained with a number of tales told from the narratives of several different animals that you may find in the Winter Wood. The storyline of these tales cleverly encouraged the audience to empathise with animals ranging from a Ram-Goat, to a Pig, to a Goose, as each tale carried at least one important life lesson to be remembered.
After the show, children enjoyed some of the Polka’s on-site facilities such as the Café and the Playground, where some of the children continued singing some of the catchy melodies from the Winter Wood. Through the use of rhythm, props and sounds, In the Winter Wood was most definitely a multi-sensory performance and proved to be a great afternoon out at the theatre…and not just for the kids.
If you are interested in attending a performance of In the Winter Wood at Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre, you can do so up until Sunday 17th February 2018. More information on the performances and how to purchase tickets can be found here.
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Written by Genevieve Etienne-Farrell