Review of The Selfish Giant

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Reviewed by: Mojomums Amanda

What they say: THE SELFISH GIANT is a new folk opera adapted from Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story by multi-award winning composer, producer and song-writer Guy Chambers (famed writer with Robbie Williams, including No. 1 hit-songs Angels, Feel and Let Me Entertain You).

The Selfish Giant has a beautiful garden, but he won’t let any of the children play in it. Winter comes and never leaves. The Giant looks over his garden from his tall window. What will he d

What we say: “My friend and I took our 8 years old sons to see The Selfish Giant which was timely as they had just read the Oscar Wilde novel at school. I was not familiar with the novel but the boys excitedly told me the story and were eager to see how the story would be portrayed on the stage. The production was described as a New Folk Musical and we were all transfixed from the beginning as the show transported us into the giants garden through singing and music. Guy Chambers was actually conducting and the vocals from the Giants booming voice to the children’s sweet harmonies told the tale beautifully.

We were all transfixed from the beginning…

The performance was just over an hour long without a break but it captured the boys interest throughout and left them chatting enthusiastically about how they interpreted different parts of the story on the stage. It was also an added bonus that David Williams was sitting a couple of rows in front of us!

Overall I thought the cast were suburb with each member being fully committed to telling the tale of how a little kindness goes a long way. We especially loved the giant with his big voice and presence. The tale was told beautifully and has appeal to both children and adults alike and I would be keen to see more shows from this theatre group which manage to portray a classic novel in a relatable way that has appeal to all ages.”

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