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 Michael Morpugo's

Kensuke's Kingdom

Review by a 9 Year Old



Kensuke's Kingdom was based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. There were 5 human characters (Michael, Kensuke,

Mum, Dad and Michaya)  and 3 animal characters (Kikanbo, Stella and Tamadochi).


In the story Micheal's mum and dad buy a yacht called the Peggy Sue and travel round the world in it. Then Micheal

falls of the boat and... then meets Kensuke on his island. Kensuke and Michael become friends and protect all the

animals on the island and Kensuke teaches Michael to fish and paint. Our favourite character was Kensuke because

he was very funny and our favourite part was when Michael was re-united with his parents.




We would recommend this to anyone who has read Michael Morpurgo or enjoys plays.




Review by a 'Grown Up'


Put simply Stuart Paterson's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's classic children's book is very good indeed.  


An ingenious set transports the audience out to sea along with Michael, his parents and their dog and then onto an apparently deserted island, where a seamless blend of puppets and actors provide the characters Michael encounters. The skill of the puppeteers/actors is astonishing and the audience are on board (if you forgive the pun) from the outset.  I was unfamiliar with Morpurgo's book before seeing the show and was impressed with the skill in which difficult and serious subjects are tackled in this story.  


The Junior Darkchatters enjoyed themselves very much and were lucky to get front row seats at this packed venue.  Pleasance Two does not have a raised stage and it did occur to me that when the cast are sitting or laying down, younger children towards the back may not be able to see the action.  However, around us, even the youngest members of the audience seemed captivated.


Highly recommended.



Kensuke's Kingdom is at Pleasance Courtyard until August 27th (not 13th)


Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) 12.15