Davina here - As most of you will know we are a devoted Moomin fan club is my house! Elfie knows all the character's names by heart and spends hours (well lots of minutes) playing with her little Moomin characters and listening to all the stories. Last week I took Elfie to see the Polka's Theatre's production of Moomin's Midsummer Madness with two good friends and their children. We all love the Moomins and decided to make a big Moomin day out of it. I made Moomin sandwiches using our cookie cutters, a Moomin cake for the trip home and we ate Moomin cookies on the way there, which I bought from the Moomin shop in Covent Garden. The kids absolutely loved it! My friend Jelena went to the shop the night before and bought Moomin balloons and stickers, which as you can imagine the kids liked even more than cake and biscuits. Oh and of course Elfie took her crocheted Moonin (you can see it popping out of her bag!)
I wasn't allowed to take photographs during the show, which I understand as its very distracting for others but instead the Polka Theatre sent me their own beautiful photos to use - so here are some of my favourites, which I think give you a really good idea of the production.
The show is really designed for slightly older children than Elfie (4-8) and at times I could feel our kids were a bit confused but it didn't matter in the slightest because they just enjoyed seeing the Moomins so much. Elfie called out hello to each individual character and goodbye at the end - it was so sweet!!!! The music was just right - so very magical and the puppets were utterly beautiful.
I really hope you enjoy these photographs. If you have been to any brilliant kids' shows recently or have booked some tickets for shows coming up let us know - recommendation is always the best.
Why we love the Moomins
I watched a short video clip about the making of the production and I loved how the co-director Dani Parr talked about the show and about the love the Moomins have for each other:
“Its so warm, its about family, its about how much the Moomins love each other, and what the means to a family now..”
Dani Parr, Co-director
I'd never really considered critically why I love the Moomins so much and hearing Dani say that made me realise that the Moomins is all about family love and adventure and about looking after each other. Its also about accepting diversity and a thirst for knowledge (The Moomins welcome all into their home and Moomin is always exploring something new). Also of course I love the graphics - especially of the original books - they are so detailed and almost pattern like. I can see a real resemblance with Marimekko and I wonder if they have directly been inspired by each other both being Finnish and working at the same time.