By Nick Dines, Monday 18 October 2010
In an age where our children are growing up at a rapid rate of knots, A Little Bird Told Me refreshingly encapsulates everything that a child’s imagination should be, without an Xbox in sight.
The mystical entertainment is appropriately segmented into five sections, each a story originating from primary school children across the country. The inventive and wondrous childish mind is delightfully brought to life, via the next generation of fairy tales, a concoction of curious storytelling, music, dance, puppetry and ventriloquism, resulting in an afternoon escape filled with dragons, witches and wizards.
The simple set centres round a colourful curtained tent, littered with presents and balloons. From the very off, Snail Tales founder Chip Colquhoun is aided by the equally engaging Gloria Lagou and Tilda Stickley, who immediately capture the interest of the eager young audience. With a history of sharing children’s intriguing and unique stories, the trio continue to inventively weave everyday life lessons of courage, friendship, teamwork and confidence throughout the entertainment.
Using the humorous and well-received characters Ninja Pig and Lagou’s portrayal of Chilled Gazelle, in places it’s hard to distinguish who’s getting more pleasure from the show, the entranced children who huddle eagerly around the stage or their equally captivated parents. Participation throughout alleviates the common problem of a restless youthful audience.
In A Little Bird Told Me you have a live potion of CBeebies mixed with Playdays and a little Jackanory thrown in, which stimulates children’s creative thinking, feeding their appetite to conjure their own imaginative stories.
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