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REVIEW: The Fir Tree at Norden Farm

The Fir Tree is at Norden Farm until Sunday, December 30

Jessica Alder

Jessica Alder

REVIEW: The Fir Tree at Norden Farm

If you’re looking for a pantomime with a difference, this is it!

Norden Farms take on the Moomins was brilliant, it was definitely a blast from the past and I’m sure that most of the parents and grandparents in the audience remembered watching the children’s programme when they were young.

I myself watched it growing up and so it was a real pleasure being able to introduce the Moomins to my nephews aged three months, five years and seven years. I hadn’t anticipated however that it would keep the baby quiet, but it did! The clever use of puppetry kept the children in the audience entertained and engaged throughout.

As the show starts, we see a snow covered house where Moomintroll  (played by Ceri Ashcroft), Moomin-pappa (Jonathan Storey) and Moominmamma (Karina Garnett) are hibernating with no knowledge of what is happening around them – they have no idea that Christmas is coming.

As they wake from their slumber to find the ground covered in snow and their friends and neighbours hurrying around to prepare for this thing called 'Christmas', they find themselves desperately trying to find out what Christmas is all about.

From the way everyone refers to Christmas, the Moomins find themselves feeling scared for its arrival, everyone seems panicked and worried that they’re not prepared and they must have a tree and food and lots of presents, all before the day arrives. In a roundabout way, the Moomins show us that Christmas isn’t all about the food, the tree or the gifts, and how the stresses of Christmas can take over a holiday that should be a time of peace.

The Fir Tree is a must watch for all families, especially those looking foran alternative to the average pantomime.

 It’s brilliant for younger children as the show doesn’t last too long and it creates a calm and quiet atmosphere without the loud noises that can often be too much for some children.

Fall under its spell.

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