Throughout history, the moon has inspired countless poetry, romance, even lunacy… and now a heartwarming family show based on the book by Jonathan Emmett.
Bringing Down the Moon is a small but perfectly formed adaptation, telling the story of Mole who comes out from his hole and falls hopelessly in love with the moon.
His efforts to bring the moon down to earth form the basis of the songs and interactions that bring this tale to life, as told by two cheeky narrator mice.
My 3-year-old Jed is a bit of a luna-phile (lunatic?) himself and was instantly drawn into this simple but charming production, with the large moon hanging over the set.
There’s plenty of audience interaction, for instance when the mole and his spiky pal Hedgehog enter a forest apparently peopled by very strange trees indeed (that would be the kids giggling in their seats). Look out for some fun dance numbers and a couple of sensory surprises — yes, you just might get wet!
We love going to the pit theatre at the Pleasance for its intimate setting and the comforting feeling of having someone read a bedtime story to you. We were also lucky to meet the author of the book who was doing signings on the day we went.
Bringing down the Moon is a lovely way to start off a weekend or holiday morning with the family and put smiles on the faces of old and young.
Ideal for anyone who’s ever looked out the window and longed to get a little closer to that magic lantern in the sky.
Until Jan 2 at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter Mews, N7 (Caledonian Rd Tube)