A Review in (Exactly) 250 Words: The Borrowers, at the Watermill Theatre

Harriet Wilson

I've been to a lot of great theatres, but the nationally acclaimed Watermill Theatre is my absolute favourite. It is definite proof that size doesn't matter … in fact, the theatre only sits 200 people but, every year, stages a range of high-quality productions which are unique and ingenious, and attract playwrights, actors and audiences from across the UK.

The Borrowers is the last show in the Watermill's 50th anniversary year, and it's the perfect alternative to a pantomime. Without patronising its audience, the play is easy for young kinds to follow, and genuinely entertaining for adults.

As with every Watermill production, I was completely impressed by the staging of this show. Every available inch has been utilised to immerse the audience in the world of really little people, and every detail is thought through to great effect.

Actor musicians are another impressive Watermill staple. Each of the actors in this production plays multiple instruments, adding a great soundtrack to the show and building on the ambience of the Watermill's quaint set up.

The Borrowers' small cast of seven is fantastic, never failing to keep energy levels high. In particular, Nenda Neurer (Arrietty), Matthew Romain (Pod), and Charlotte Workman (Homily) are a great 'core' family.

The accessibility of the Watermill has to be commended. Prices for The Borrowers range from £11 to £23. Additionally, this production included two British Sign Language Integrated Performances, an Audio Described Performance, and a Relaxed Performance.

The Borrowers is playing until the 31st December 2017.

4 Stars