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The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories

Review of Year 5 Theatre Trip to Polka Theatre – The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories

Three short stories by Ted Hughes were told by a cast of four at the Polka Theatre, London in a simple production aimed at children. There was a moral to each story, but each had its own individual style.

The first play, The Coming of the Kings, was based on the Nativity and told in verse, however, the poor script and fast pace made the production unclear and when it stopped abruptly the audience was left confused.

Next was Sean, the Fool, the Devil and the Cat which was the opposite of the first and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The storyline was interesting, the casts’ performances were impressive and the costumes realistic. In the play, the cat leads Sean into the Devil’s home where he finds a bowl of stew. He eats some, but feeling sorry for the hungry cat feeds him the rest. Later Sean is in danger from the Devil, but in a twist he was saved by the cat and the moral of the story is that generous deeds will be rewarded.

The last play, The Tiger’s Bones, was a sad comedy with an intriguing story line. Here The Master and his followers were travelling around the globe trying to find the solution to complicated problems but never realising the obvious cause. The moral was that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. This was also well performed, very funny and my favourite of the three.

Overall, I would give these productions 4 stars out of 5 and I would recommend it to other children in Year 5.

By Charlie E

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