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Monty and Mirabella

Monty and Mirabella is a storybook world of investigation and imagination, aimed primarily at 2-7yrs whilst ensuring the whole family has a good time!

There is no dialogue, it relies on very many forms of communication.
Dance, mime, clowning, slapstick and facial expressions.

Monty and Mirabella are a quirky ballroom dancing pair, who in this show discover 'the Little Things' from a childs perspective.

Over the last 3 summers Monty And Mirabella have performed at Chelsea Arts Club, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, White Lion Streatham, Abingdon House, Huey Fest Battersea Park, Combergrove Sch, Neve Fest-Battersea Park, The Elephant and the Nun Festival London, Lauderdale House Highgate, Life Centre Sutton, Dugdale Centre-Enfield, Hackney Children’s Theatre, The Bedford-Balham and many other schools and events around the country! Reviews
 
     
 
   
 

The show is set in a park and embraces many aspects of the environment and the current international primary curriculum for early years and stage one. This includes discovering weather, insects, flowers, a picnic, wildlife, ballgames, scooting and dog poo!! All done with fun,and humour in a 45 minute show. There are interactive elements encouraging children to ask questions and get answers.

the keeps dance and movement in the spotlight whilst telling a story with the emphasis on entertainment.

Much like the multi Bafta winning 'dialogue free' film The Artist, Monty And Mirabella also relies on a clever original musical score composed by Dan Gillingwater. The music punctuates the action without intruding.

 

Testimonials

"Kids loved the show. Many thanks, it was a huge success. Staff said it was very funny."

Head of Henry Fawcett School, London

" I got squirted with water AND a squirty thing_ it was really good and I thought it was going to be rubbish! It was funny!!";
Jonie Lulu

" best bit with the poo and with the sticky plaster - it was so good I was almost going to faint!":)
Maille(5)

" just to let you know that our children absolutely loved the play!"
Head of Langbourne School, Southwark

 

 

Reviews

A review by Jonathan Baz ****
Public Review - Saturday, 20 April 2013

Monty and Mirabella is a delightful work of children’s theatre. In a world where so much entertainment is delivered to kids via electronic screens, to see two young actors telling a sweet kiddies tale without words simply by way of acting, mime and brightly coloured props is a treat.

The venue was packed on a Saturday morning, with children seated on a rug and parents sat behind them.  The show is performed close up to the audience, allowing moments of delighted audience participation and also ensuring that attention can be as focussed as possible upon close-up action, rather than some far-off stage.

Whimsically set in a park on a sunny blue-skied afternoon what the show lacks in plot, it makes up for in performance and educational intention. Nathan Potter and Lucy Harwood are the heroes of the show’s title. Harwood arrives, miming  the walking of and chasing after, an invisible dog and instantly the kids are gigglingly entranced. Potter’s inept klutz of a character has the kids laughing at him too, but the neatly timed and well drilled choreography combined with Sarah Redmond’s eye for movement that will engage even the youngest audience member, ensures that the 40 minute show passes all too quickly.

The show has a sensible social conscience. Along with delightfully ridiculous games of hide and seek and the occasional opportunity for the kids to shout out “he’s behind you”, it also teaches that dog-dirt should be dealt with responsibly and that using suncream is a good idea – though there are squeals of cheeky hilarity all round when Monty finds himself liberally applying aerosol squirts of silly-string rather than SPF 25.

Monty and Mirabella is a charming way to either introduce or re-inforce theatre as an art form to a young audience.  It’s a more colourful version of a moderately slapstick Hollywood silent movie and when any show has a nod to Bizet’s Carmen that hints at a flamenco with spacehoppers, what’s not to like?


 
 

Reviewed by Ned Rekesius and Edan Groves
Aged 4 at Hackney Children's Theatre.

"We thought it was great and very funny. The best bits were when Monty and Mirabella were bouncing on space hoppers and hitting each other with them; we loved Mirabella's dog, especially when it went too fast dragging Mirabella along and when it bit Monty on the bottom!"