Grandad, Me and Teddy Too // Polka Theatre

Part of Raffy’s Christmas present was tickets to see a show at the fabulous Polka Theatre. Situated on the edge of Wimbledon, this children’s theatre puts on the most wonderful adaptations of children’s books and stories in their two small theatres.

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This particular production was written especially for Polka’s Adventure Theatre, a tiny and intimate setting for shows aimed at the very young.

Upon arrival, you wait for your show in a mini museum of all things theatrical and imaginative; a large wooden duck swimming through the carpet, a rocket blasting through the ceiling, antique rocking horses and giant books to sit on while you read. If you had time to spare, there’s an adjoining cafe with train carriage booths to enjoy some lunch while you wait.

When we walked into the adventure theatre, I was amazed at the attention to detail in the small set. Raffy happily sat on the carpet at the front while we took benches at the side. He was instantly mesmerised by the music and soft lighting and all of the children sat beautifully entranced through the whole show.

The story was about a little girl and her visiting grandad going on imaginative adventures in her play room, and although very simple- the use of clever props and tricks made it wonderful to watch.

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Geared towards toddlers, the whole performance lasted 40 minutes- which is perfect, and all of the children are invited to bring a teddy to sit with. This is probably a clever plot to stop the toddlers swarming the stage and pinching toys, but it also added to the relaxed bedtime vibe of the show.

This show is only running until the 8th Feb, but if you’re quick you may still be able to grab tickets. If not, don’t worry- the Polka Theatre always have fantastic toddler and older kid-friendly shows on so it’s worth keeping an eye out.

For more information on the Polka Theatre’s upcoming shows and to book tickets, click here.

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