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My Neighbour Totoro Review | What we thought

One of our team went to see the magical show My Neighbour Totoro recently and was absolutely enchanted. Here's what they thought...

My Neighbour Totoro is a delightful and enchanting experience that brings the magic of Studio Ghibli's beloved animated film to life in a new and imaginative way. Directed by a visionary team, the play masterfully captures the essence of the original film while adding its own unique theatrical flair.

A magical setting

The set design by Tom Pye and lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun are a standout, wonderfully recreating the lush, whimsical countryside of the film and transporting you across to the magical realms of Totoro and friends. The innovative use of puppetry brings Totoro and the other magical and charming creatures to life, providing a sense of wonder and delight. The larger-than-life Totoro puppet is particularly impressive, capturing the character's endearing qualities perfectly.

Musically, the play reimagines familiar themes from the film's soundtrack for a live audience, with amazing performances from Ai Ninomiya and the supporting band. The music weaves seamlessly with the action on stage, enhancing the storytelling and evoking a sense of nostalgia for fans of the film.

My Neighbour Totoro Review

Unforgettable performances

The performances are equally commendable. The actors playing Satsuki and Mei, the young sisters at the heart of the story, deliver their roles with a mix of innocence and adventurous spirit that is true to the film. Their interactions with the magical world around them is both heartwarming and engaging, and these magical elements are used effectively to address challenging themes. Totoro and the other mystical creatures serve not just as sources of wonder but also as symbols of hope and resilience, showcasing the power of imagination to cope with difficult realities and find light in times of darkness.

My Neighbour Totoro maintains the story's simplicity and heart beautifully. It's poignant, immersive and will surely resonate with younger and older audiences alike.

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