A couple of weeks ago I trekked up to London from Devon with my husband and our two small boys to enjoy a weekend in the capital. As it turned out, it was one of the warmest weekends of the year, but it didn’t stop us enjoying some ‘family time’ at the Natural History Museum, London Eye, Hard Rock Cafe and finally a matinee performance of Tim Minchin’s musical Matilda.
It was breathtaking, the performances from the cast, which was made up of mainly children, was incredible – in particular Matilda herself, who had more lines to remember than in your average Shakespeare monologue, and Miss Trunchbull…who was fittingly terrifying!
But, the acting aside it was the clever stage scenery which really caught my eye. It was made up of hundreds of children’s ‘alphabet blocks’ – like the type children push about in the old-fashioned carts and make towers from. But they were cleverly positioned in a ‘scrabble-esque’ manner to spell words from the play.
As avid readers of all the Roald Dahl books, but Matilda in particular, my boys were mesmerised by the whole production and since returning we are now regular listeners to the musical soundtrack and can often be found singing along to ‘My mummy says I’m a miracle’ on the school run!