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Awful Auntie, Ipswich Regent review: ‘A creepy but strangely magical story’

PUBLISHED: 13:28 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 20 September 2018

Awful Auntie Credit: Awful Auntie

Awful Auntie Credit: Awful Auntie

Photo by Mark Douet

Awful Auntie by David Walliams has been a huge hit in book form with young children since its release in 2014.

I therefore was looking forward to taking my niece and sister-in-law (a huge fan, my niece that is!) along to see the stage adaptation performed by the Birmingham Stage Company.

I went in blind as I have only heard of it but I have to say, it was a good watch.

Set in 1933 in a huge old house, following the death of her parents, Stella Saxby attempts to fend off her crazy, cruel Auntie who wants the house to be hers!

Ram-packed with moments that played on your childhood fears, the cast and set pulled you in to a creepy but strangely magical story.

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The set was clever, visually impressive and used extremely well by the cast.

Georgina Leodinas brilliantly plays Stella Saxby the orphaned main character with a very convincingly wicked Timothy Speyer as her Awful Auntie.

All the way through you heard little titters of laughter from small children in the audience with a palpable urge in the air to cheer every time Stella escaped her Aunties clutches.

It certainly didn’t disappoint when it came to the ending, a magical close that left you feeling a little childlike again! Well worth the watch!

Awful Auntie runs at the Ipswich Regent until Sunday September 23.

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