"An entertaining and enchanting show"
by Margaret Morley for remotegoat on 16/04/18

I first came across the story of The Water Babies as a child in a book which was arranged and illustrated by Molly B. Thomson-a beautiful representation of the story setting a high benchmark. This is an abridged version of the original story. It was due to having read this that I decided to come along to the show.

The puppet representation which also includes a section with shadow was overall a very entertaining and enchanting show, a delight for both children and adults.

A lot of work has been put into the production, which includes the back ground settings. The puppets were very well designed, the dog and the baby for example having about ten strings each which allowed for detailed movement. The music was well suited for the show, but I did think there was a sound like a tea spoon hitting a china tea cup quite a lot. Also the puppeteers can consider whether they wish to change the colour of the puppet strings so as to give the illusion of the puppets not having strings.

The show could have been more educational. This could be achieved perhaps by staying more close to the original story. Dog’s are not aquatic animals and a dog was portrayed under water and whilst there were some interesting fish, more aquatic animals could have been represented for example a sea horse, lobster and / or dolphin.

Tom was on his own without other water babies and it did not show him socialising with other water babies. The title of the book is The Water Babies not The Water Baby.

Also there was no dialogue, the chimneysweep/water baby was not even given a name and the lesson of being clean as opposed to a dirty chimney sweep covered in soot was not emphasised.

However overall a very artistic show, with a full house. I really did enjoy the show and the medium of puppetry was well chosen to represent babies underwater. The hall chosen was suitable as the audience could be near to the puppets.

Other recent reviews by Margaret Morley
Social Interaction at various parties! by Margaret Morley
A Child's Garden of Verse
Five Tales in a Garden by Margaret Morley
Red Riding Hood
The Wolf Steals The Show by Margaret Morley
Twelve Angry Men
A Life in their Hands by Margaret Morley
Sweet Charity
Feel the Rhythm of Life by Margaret Morley