The Magic Egg

The Magic Egg follows the adventure of a young girl who must save her mother and retrieve her magic egg from an evil witch. Along the way she bumps into an array of crazy characters and must solve quests and riddles with the help of the audience. Created by the company Activi-Tales, what makes this piece of children’s theatre stand out is that the children help to make up the story. The cast call out for suggestions for names as new characters arrive and ask for help whenever the protagonist is stuck in a dilemma.

The company consists of Sara Bavidge, who plays our satisfactorily sulky lead, and she is joined by Jennifer Hamilton and Naomi Stirrat who both demonstrate a great versatility by playing the multitude of other characters in the play.

The company consists of Sara Bavidge, who plays our satisfactorily sulky lead, and she is joined by Jennifer Hamilton and Naomi Stirrat who both demonstrate a great versatility by playing the multitude of other characters in the play. The trio do well to keep the attentions of all of the wee ones, considering the show has a very minimal set which just consists of a coat rack and a selection of props. But I should emphasise that this is a show for the little ones; there were a pair of eleven year olds sitting near me, who began to get restless during the show. I would recommend it for anyone between the ages of three to nine.

I feel like this play could have done more to stand out. Neither the story nor the staging were particularly original and after a while the audience interaction got very repetitive. Although the younger children were enjoying themselves, there were quite a few moments where parents slowly lost interest. The play could have used more theatrical devices, and could have tried to have made itself a bit more of a spectacle. After a while the minimal staging stopped feeling like a statement of subtlety but rather an excuse for lazy direction. Nevertheless, the kids enjoyed the show, so if you're looking for an hour to keep the little ones occupied in the morning, this’ll do the job.

Reviews by Will Jackson

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★★★
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The Blurb

A magic egg has been stolen and we need your help to get it back! Come meet exciting characters from witches to squirrels, help solve puzzles and to find the magic egg, as one little girl ventures forth on an exciting journey. This new tale by Activi-Tales is a fun story for all ages. A wonderful interactive adventure for wee heroes!