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The Borrowers
adapted for the stage by Lynn Robertson Hay
from the novel by Mary Norton   directed by Gloria Milne


The ADC Theatre, Cambridge, December 2010

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A Reviews of the Borrowers
by Jane Stewart

Many years ago I read The Borrowers (or had it read to me), in recent years I saw the BBC serialisation of it.  I have to say that Lyn Robertson Hay's script was excellent and did more than justice to the original story. On entering the auditorium we were confronted by Arrietty, Homily and Pod's home under the floorboards beneath the grandfather clock, where we whiled away the wait for the show to begin commenting on the 'borrowed' items. The wristwatch clock, the cotton reel chairs etc.  This was a wonderful set and so very clever.
 
Then it began and there were even more things to wonder at: Arrietty's giant diary and pencil,Homily's enormous knitting needles; the onion ring and the humungous pea pod.  Pod, coming out from under the clock into upstairs and walking among the figurines and being seen by the Boy.  The tiny cup and saucer from the dresser which
turned into a giant cup and saucer when Pod returned home.  Then we had the excitement of Arrietty's first expedition, being seen by the Boy, and being smoked out of their home, and the escape into the 'outside'.

  
After the interval the curtain went up on another spectacular set.  A riverbank with tall moving rushes, lots of greenery and a boot of such wonderful proportions it would have made a lovely play house in someone's garden. It was certainly big enough for the three Borrowers. This was a most fantastical scene with giant birds flying round the audience, butterflies, a huge swan and an amazing kettle to carry the Borrowers down stream.

 The acting more than lived up to the settings.  Arrietty (Fran Burgoyne), Homily (Christine Wilson) and Pod (David Foyle) were just like a genuine family, totally believable.  We felt for Arrietty and her need to see the outside and shared in Pod's horror when he was 'seen'. We all thought Homily in particular was wonderful and
we loved the fight with the worm!  The Narrator (Mavis Perkins) was lovely.  She filled in the story for us with genuine enthusiasm.  The Boy/Spiller (Adam Daniels) was very good too but then so were all the other characters that made up the story.


Gloria Milne's production was superb. Lots of imaginative features, great acting,
amazing puppets and set designs by Tony Broscomb and members of The Penguin Club.   The children absolutely loved it.  A great pre-Christmas treat.