Synopsis

Show
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch
Dates
1st March - 5th August
Runtime
45 minutes approx
Suitable for ages 3+
Book Tickets
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch
The first in Pied Piper's new strand of work 'Story in a Suitcase;, for small studio theatres, festivals and libraries.

Music...Mayhem...Mustard!

Packed with live music, audience participation, and all the sights and sounds of the sea this much loved story is brought to life for children aged 3+, their friends and families.

Join us for an all new musical storytelling extravaganza to celebrate 40 years of Ronda and David Armitage's The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.

For lighthouse keeper, Mr Grinling, lunch is the highlight of the day. But Mr Grinling isn't the only one who enjoys the delicious food. Some greedy seagulls keep stealing his lunch! Can Mr and Mrs Grinling come up with a plan to stop them?

'What could stop the seagulls pecking?
Stop them eating up my lunch?
My delicious food they're wrecking
As they gobble, crunch, and munch!'

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - Trailer

Trailer for ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ at The Omnibus with Nicola Sangster and Mrs Grinling and Gareth Cooper as Mr Grinling. Video by James Fox and edited by James Eaton.

Surrey Advertiser - Beautiful Story of Boy's Move to the Capital
★★★★★

There are currently no reviews of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, but here's a review from a previous production...

There could not be a better way than this, to introduce your young child to theatre. And unlike a number of other children's productions I've been to, this didn't put me to sleep either.

Robin's Winter Adventure is a beautiful production by The Pied Piper Theatre Company about Robin, whose parents are faced with the daunting prospect of moving from their idyllic life in a countryside village, to the big, scary city of London.

Robin, with the help of his bird, conquers his fear of the unknown and embarks on a beautiful adventure with renewed hope and joy. The three cast members are extremely versatile and hold the attention of the audience right to the end.

Matthew Tanner, the star of the show, brings to life the character of Robin, whose love of poetry and rhyme on the one hand, and fear of the unknown on the other, is beautifully portrayed by the extremely talented actor. Leanne Rowley and Andrew Utley, primarily the parents, also play other smaller parts in the play, moving from one to the other effortlessly. 

And what better way to hold the attention of young children than  to fly a beautiful red robin, with a little boy on its back, in their midst. The puppets, a core part of the play, make quite an impact, especially in the dream sequence where Robin flies to London, taking in the sights on the back of his companion, the red robin.

The script is beautifully written. Writer and Director Tina Williams in collaboration with poet Joseph Coelho creates a picturesque image of London through Robin's poem. Wintry London with the 'icicle shard' and the Thames resembling 'a frozen ribbon to the sea' at one point and then being 'choked by claws of smoke' on the other, captivates both children and adults. With minimal set it is the words that create most of the imagery and display the feelings of fear in the beginning and hope and desire in the end.

Namita Gandhi.