I Believe in Unicorns, Live streamed from Oxford Playhouse stage, 15 April 2021, reviewed by Florence, aged 11. ★★★★★
I really enjoyed seeing this story performed from Oxford Playhouse. The main character is the narrator and Unicorn Lady (played brilliantly by Danyah Miller), who tells us the story of a young boy called Tomas who loves playing up in the hills and fields and hates going to school. His mum thinks it would be good for him to go to the library. Reluctant at first, he soon gets drawn in and entranced by the magical stories told by the Unicorn Lady, taken from the books that surround them. When war comes to his village, it is Tomas’ love of books which gives him the strength to save the library from destruction.
It was brilliant to see the play online from the stage at Oxford Playhouse. Even though we couldn’t be there to watch in person, it felt like we were actually there, and we were soon captivated by the storytelling. I really loved the set, which was made up of all sorts of books. The props were all hidden within them too. Even the milk poured from a book! The books had a powerful presence on stage throughout the play, which tied in with the magical story about the power that books hold.
I’ve read Michael Morpurgo’s book I Believe in Unicorns and I really enjoyed seeing the story created on stage. I would recommend this show to anyone who enjoys stories and to all Michael Morpurgo fans (like me!)
I Believe in Unicorns is available to purchase on demand until Sunday 18 April. Tickets can be purchased via the OP Website.