“What does it mean to be ‘real?”
In the time-honoured tradition of the best children’s stories this is a very adorable and delightful adaptation of the children’s classic by Margery Williams first published in 1922.
With the show’s catchy singing and dancing this was perfect school holiday fare. Darina Vassiliev and The book has been updated- for instance, it now includes Elvis and a toy racing car adaptation, (the stage adaptation includes new characters including Elvis and a toy racing car), and co-direction of the piece works extremely well as does the original music by Elen Rapoport with lyrics by Vassiliev.
For those unfamiliar with the book the plot is as follows: A stuffed rabbit made from velveteen is given as a Christmas present to a small boy. The Velveteen Rabbit, after being introduced into the nursery, and at first finding it difficult to fit in, asks one of the wisest toys, his friend the Skin Horse, what being real means.”Real isn’t how you’re made,” replies the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become …” And so begins the Velveteen Rabbit’s poignant story. Continue reading THE VELVETEEN RABBIT @ ST ANDREWS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL