• Children Theatre
  • Based on “The Summer Book”: by Tove Jansson
  • Adapted by: Jemma Kennedy Michael Ende
  • Directed by: Douglas Rintoul
  • Cast: Sara Kestleman and Sammy Foster/Amy Sudden
  • Unicorn Theatre, London
  • Until 29th June 2014
  • Time: 19.30
  • Review by Hattie Bolchover, age 9
  • 15 June 2014
The Summer Book
4.5Reviewer's Rating

The story ‘The Summer Book’ was written by Tove Jansson and was adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy.   This production was directed by Douglas Rintoul, who has created an amazing theatre production in the studio theatre in the Unicorn. The Unicorn is perfect for a day or evening out for kids and adults.

In the small cosy studio, with comfy seats, the beautiful setting is before you. The creative island, wooden bed and light blue floor (representing water) sets the scene beautifully.  With the stunning sound-effects it is clear what is happening in this play and the characters use the scenery so vivdly, making it clear what is going on.

In comes Sophia (played beautifully by Sammy Foster on the night I was there) with her Grandmother (Sara Kestelman)  who starts the sad but funny play.  Sophia’s mum is dead and she is spending the summer with her grandmother and together they start learning the lessons of life.  Will Sophia be alright? Will all her fears go away with the help of her frail grandmother?

After stepping on a worm Sophia decides to write a book with her grandmother. Will the book be finished by the end of the summer? Will Grandmother finish her book? Will everything be accomplished by the end of summer?

I would recommend this play for children aged 8+.This play was great.

So what are you waiting for?  Go see ‘The Summer Book’!

About The Author

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Hi, I’m Hattie  - I’m 10 years old, and in my final year of primary school in London. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved acting and the theatre, and participate in lots of drama groups during school and in the holidays. As a critic, I’ve started noticing different aspects of productions that I wouldn’t necessarily have seen, had I been just a regular member of the audience. As I develop my own acting skills and participate in different plays, I sometimes use some of the excellent techniques things I’ve learned from the plays I’ve been reviewing. I am so pleased to be a reviewer for Plays To See.


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