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The Way Back Home...Review and competition!

"Once there was a boy who, one day, found himself stuck on the moon, and he was not alone"...

This wonderful book, "The Way Back Home"  leapt onto the stage at Jacksons Lane today, and will be showing at the Arts Depot in North Finchley from 26 to 30 October, presented by Big Wooden Horse and the Theatre Royal Winchester. 

If you are not already familiar with this book, it is the story of a little boy who finds an aeroplane in his cupboard and decides to go on a journey but gets stuck on the moon, where he meets a martian who is also stuck. Together they work out a plan to find the way back home.

The book has a very unique style in the look of the characters and the objects in the story. These elements are very cleverly represented in the play and the children who are familiar with the book will recognise the aviation outfit donned by the boy, the green face and yellow jumper of the alien, and the clever mini plane and space craft that feature in the story.

Although this is the story of one boy's journey it is cleverly created into a two man show, with the boy's friend driving the story along, until his companion in the story is cleverly transformed into the alien whom the boy befriends and helps to get home. The show is very interactive, with lots of funny sounds and actions to engage the young audience- who were clearly loving it. Get ready for the little boy to slurp his way into his aviator outfit, and for the martian to get caught up in a hysterical out of control dance as his spaceship veers out of control. But the best thing about the production is definitely the beautiful music and songs-produced by the composers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom- which drive the story forward and which you will think you have heard before.

The production ends, as in the book, with the delivery of the little red radio and the martian voice saying "hello" "hello" - a wistful end to a great performance.

I would definitely recommend booking this when it runs at the Arts Depot. And if you want to get a feel for it, then watch the video trailer here. 

Children interested in The Way Back Home may also be interested in the Alien Art Workshops for ages 3 - 7 years, also run at the Arts Depot, the perfect accompaniment to this fabulous half-term show.

We have a family pass (4 tickets) to give away for the performance on Wednesday 26 October at 3pm.To enter, just sign up for our newsletter below by 17 October.

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