On Monday, 26th November 2018, I took my little one to Norden Farm, Maidenhead to see their Christmas production, The Fir Tree written by Tove Jannson. I was kindly given two tickets by Norden Farm in exchange for reviewing the show.
After collecting our tickets from the box office there were plenty of members of staff on hand to ask questions to and to direct us to our seats in the theatre. The set was on display on the stage when we arrived, for us this was great as it allowed my little one to ask questions and build anticipation in the lead up to the performance starting.
The show was a mixture of live puppetry, music and singing and you soon focused on the puppet characters rather than the puppeteers themselves. I thought the set was very clever with a great use of props and a large interactive screen in the center of the set, which really helped add to the storytelling and bought another dimension to the overall show.
The performance told the story of The Moomin family who were mid-hibernation when they were awoken to the news that Christmas was coming. The Moomin family had not come across Christmas before and other characters in the performance kept telling them they must be ready for Christmas – the Moomins go on an adventure to collect and decorate The Fir Tree, prepare food and gather gifts, all in the busyness of Christmas. The Moomin’s manage to get ready for Christmas in time, albeit the worry and concern of doing so correctly and create a wonderful celebration. Realising that Christmas shouldn’t be about rushing around but doing things for others, friendship, giving and happiness – maybe a valuable lesson to us all who are starting to prepare for Christmas.
The Fir Tree is suitable for children 3 years upwards and the performance lasts approx. 1 hour. My little one enjoyed the show and it was about the right length of time. Many questions were asked during and after the performance and The Moomin characters were certainly appealing to a little one.
The Fir Tree runs until 30th December 2018, click here for more information. Tickets are £13.50 (£11.50 under 16s) and £46 Family and Friends (4 people). Norden Farm has a car park and parking is free of charge.
*#AD, I was given two tickets to The Fir Tree at Norden Farm, in exchange for this review post. Views are my own. Click here to view the Berkshire Mummies disclaimer. Photo Credit: Luminous Photography*