The Half Moon Theatre has been sharing a wide variety of shows for children during theatre lockdown, and in its latest, a show written and performed by Justin Coe, they retain their high standards.
Dealing with subjects on which it is often hard to understand a child or engage their attention (bereavement, imagination, family relationships, the environment), The House That Jackson Built is about a young boy who takes refuge – literally – in his story books.
Coe’s story fizzes with energy as a range of characters of the fantastical type parade before us, helped by an oversized pop-up book. There’s a message, about being more careful about what we throw away, and a moral about understanding each other, but the show is never preachy and is very funny.
At home, watching alone, I found myself joining in the prompts to chant and sing, laughed at the chatty bird and pompous professor, and was moved by the way Coe sensitively dealt with the father and son trying to find a path through life without Mum.
A special story, beautifully brought to life and earnestly delivered, The House That Jackson Built is suitable for four to ten years olds and can be ordered for free (plus optional donation): once you receive your link it remains active for seven days so you can enjoy it again and again.
Details of how to book your ticket can be found here. The production can be booked up to 4 December.