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Review: The Giant Jam Sandwich, at Pleasance Theatre

Hilarious story of how an English village responds to a swarm of four million wasps

13 April, 2018 — By Angela Cobbinah

Sarah Ratheram and Christopher Finn in Giant Jam Sandwich. Photo: Pamela Raith

A PICTURE book that has been entertaining children for more than 40 years has been adapted for the stage in this charming production by New Perspectives theatre.

The Giant Jam Sandwich is the hilarious story of how an English village deals with a swarm of four million wasps in its own unique way, told in the original through quirky illustrations and verse by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway.

Helped by an exuberant cast of three (Paul Critoph, Sarah Ratheram and Christopher Finn), director Jack McNamara creates an extra buzz with some lively songs and plenty of opportunities for audience participation. Plus, there’s an amusing wasps versus bee sketch – just what is your purpose, asks a haughty bee? – as well as a tuneful lesson in making bread.

The show runs for an hour and would best suit under-eights.

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