We finally made it back to the Little Angel Theatre, Islington to see the Slightly Annoying Elephant. What with pottery classes and football, it’s hard to find much more time for extra curricular activities these days!
Based on the hilarious picture book by David Williams, this was one puppet show that we didn’t want to miss. Plus, with both my sons falling within the recommenced 3-8 age range, possessing a good few of his books already, I knew it would be a winner all round.
Adapted and directed by Samatha Lane, the star of this show is a humongous, bright blue elephant, designed by Maia Kirkman-Richards and expertly operated by Elaine Hartley. When Sam played beautifully by Heidi Goldsmith, adopted his elephant at the zoo, he didn’t expect this massive, destructive creature to come to live with him at home!
What ensues is a catalogue of events where our elephant lives up to his name and then some. Big, brash, bossy and supremely bothersome, what’s lacking in actual story is made up for with catchy tunes and the usual puppeteering talent that the Little Angel Theatre is renowned for. From a visit to the zoo, to the plane journey to Sam’s house. We follow our annoying elephant as he proves himself to be the most awful houseguest imaginable. We are finally left in silence to breathe a sigh of relief only to find something even more annoying around the corner.
As Walliams’ success continuous, this will just be another of his award-winners brought to the stage. Well executed and fun but yes, it’s annoying!
Running until the 4th August – book your tickets here.