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Review Round Up: Awful Auntie

Amy Cooper

Based on the Roald Dahl-style, grotesque, caricatured, David Walliams book of the same name, Awful Auntie pelts onto the New Wimbledon Theatre stage. The production fosters a somewhat dark and twisted children's tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie! Yet there is still an abundance of light relief from the more comedic characters such as the bumbling butler Gibbon and elegance in the artistic puppetry by Roberta Bellekom. A perfect evening of theatrical magic for any child. 

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, unbeknownst to her, wrong play and a threat are afoot. Waking up three months later, Aunt Alberta spins a tale of what has happened to her and her beloved family. The cogs are set in motion and Stella must use her detective wits and newly found friendships to find out the truth. Featuring a few practical jokes midway, we recommend bringing your little ones along for a night of thrills and laughter they will never forget. But as per usual, don't just take our word for it, here's what the critics had to say...

‘Gibbon made me laugh every time he came on stage’ Martha, 8. 

‘I loved Soot and and his rhyming slang’ Holly, 8. 

‘Hilarious’ Lily, 10. 

‘Brilliant scenery and puppets’ Ava, 9.

- Provided by Time and Leisure

'Loved Awful Auntie this evening - quite dark story, but incredible staging and hilarious performances.'

- Swazi Rodgers, Radio Presenter

'the first half seemed to positively whizz by.'

'The young leads [are] Georgina Leonidas (tirelessly perky as the heroine Stella) and Ashley Cousins (funny and wistful as the ghost Soot)'

'Congratulations to Timothy Speyer, who's deranged Aunt Alberta has become a little brisker but is just as enjoyably monstrous.'

'We seem to spend more time on the enjoyably silly parts, like Richard James's regular appearances as Gibbon the bonkers butler, or the practical jokes scene in Act 2.'

'I admired Jacqueline Trousdale's brilliantly versatile set, which uses four revolving towers to portray a crumbling stately home. I also appreciated the sheer artistry of the puppetry by Roberta Bellekom as Wagner the Bavarian Eagle Owl; and I was struck by how well the musical score wound round the action on stage, supporting but not overwhelming it.' 

- Jenny, Culture Vulture