What do you do when you can’t stand the news but it’s impossible to ignore it? When politicians and passionate voters alike are louder than ever, without any signs of respite? It’s easy to seek the most obvious form of escapism as a distraction – something so fantastical, impossibly alien, in order to forget reality for just a little bit. But when adults might want to forget, children still need to understand. This is where the Little Things come in.
With their debut show A Dog’s Brexit, emerging Bristol-based theatre company the Little Things are carving a path for informative, empowering theatre for young audiences – that never loses its heart or imagination in the process. The show, co-created by company directors Josie Hunt and Imogen Senter, offers a rich odyssey of rhyming energy and insightful creativity on the biggest political uproar this side of the 21st century. Never alienating, biased or belittling, A Dog’s Brexit is an innovative work of both art and education for growing audiences of all ages.
Billed as Dr Seuss meets Animal Farm, the play tells the story of Britain’s exit from the EU through the playful but no less relatable world of Bowwow Town, where Barney Bulldog and his family have to deal with what it means when the British Bulldogs in power decide they want to leave the BU — the Bowwow Union, that is.
The clarity never falters, thanks to a sharp, tightly packed script from Hunt and clear precision in every part of the production – from the collaborative and precise movement direction, to Senter’s clever set pieces that adapt and blossom with ease and great artistry.
For a topic so arduous, one that many are reluctant to discuss privately – let alone sit through for a piece of art of any length – A Dog’s Brexit leaves a hopeful aftertaste. There’s no coercion or complaints, only a genuine desire to nourish and inspire the minds of everyone who lets the Little Things in.
At the end of the wholesome and enjoyable performance, try sticking around once the lights have gone up. To thank and congratulate the team, to find out where their success will take them next – but above all else, to talk to the children around you about what they thought. See what they liked, what they found funny and what they now want to ask the adults. You’d be amazed at what this rising theatre company might have already given them, and what they can now give you.
After successful runs at the Bath Fringe, the Alma Tavern in Bristol and Easton Community Centre, The Little Things are now taking further bookings for theatres and schools. Find out more on their website: https://thelittlethingstheatre.co.uk