REVIEW: ME… (Little Angel Theatre) ★★★★

Me… is a new production of the children’s story by Emma Dodd, adapted into a puppet show by the team at Little Angel Theatre. The theatre is a centre of excellence for puppetry, consistently offering high quality productions with beautiful puppets supporting wonderful story telling for a younger audience.

Inspired by the love between parent and child, this heart-warming story follows a tiny baby penguin finding her feet in the big wide world. We follow her journey from the moment she leaves her egg as she explores her world of snow, stars and ice with towering mountains and rushing winds. Although she may be small, she soon learns that she is the biggest thing of all in her parents’ hearts.

This is a show with very few words, using visuals and music to tell the tale. The penguin puppets are designed and made by Jimmy Grimes, who was Associate Puppetry Director on War Horse. Lori Hopkins is the single puppeteer, skilfully manipulating the penguins as they clamber over the ice and swim gracefully in the ice cold water.

The accompanying music is composed by Arran Glass and the simple yet effective set is designed and built by Simon Plumridge. The creative team all have experience of working in puppetry and with Little Angel and this shows.

This show is aimed at two to six year olds and younger audience members will be captivated by the simple story and puppets as they move around the stage. Me… would make a lovely Christmas treat for the little people in your life.

Reviewed by Rhiannon Evans
Photo: Ellie Kurttz

ME… plays at the Little Angel Theatre until 29 January 2017