A few weeks ago Tomm surprised me by saying we were going to Bath to see the Horse & Bamboo production of Moominland Midwinter! I’d been planning to go since summer but now that I work weekends and I’m in college during the week I pretty much gave up hope, then when he told me he’d planned it I was so excited! On Boxing Day we set off for the 230 mile trip, stopping at various service stations for well-deserved Starbucks and rest breaks. As I don’t drive, I usually read on my Kindle so I was very happy~
We booked tickets for the Friday night performance of Moominland Midwinter as all the other days had sold out. I already knew it would be fantastic, but that instilled more excitement in me and I’m glad so many people are interested in it. I first heard about the performance on Twitter as someone posted a picture of the puppets being made. Obviously I was out of my mind with excitement. They were actually made in Lancashire (very close to me) where horse & bamboo are based.
I was surprised at how accurate the performance was in regards to the book. It was clear that a lot of time and effort was put into creating each character, even the squirrel who doesn’t play a very big part. As for the set, I was completely taken aback by how many varieties they had. I always like to see new backgrounds in plays but there are only usually 1 or 2 in an average play. But this wasn’t average at all! Ski slopes opened up to become Tooticky’s hut and even a trap door was used to go fishing. It was quite melancholic but had lots of uplifting scenes, like Little My wearing Moominmamma’s tea cosy and using a silver tray as a sled. All the characters had personalities perfect to the book and I like the strong emphasis placed on the moral of the story – overcoming your fears and being happy in any situation.
Moominland Midwinter runs until January 12th 2014 so if you would like to buy tickets, please do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!