Review: Flathampton at the Royal and Derngate

James and Daniel Chalmers having fun in Flathampton.
James and Daniel Chalmers having fun in Flathampton.
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HOP aboard the Flathampton bus and be transported into a world where everything is... well, flat!

This unique town, set around a huge playmat, is inhabited by residents who make the best of their existence. And it isn’t long before you become part of the story as well.

Return visitor, Kate, arrives back on the scene with a truck full of solid objects and soon educates the locals on the fine art of – 3D living!

From then on it’s a flurry of activity as we all set about bringing Flathampton to life – flatpack furniture building made fun if you will!

Then we are encouraged to make use of the newly-created facilities – from making cakes in the cafe and withdrawing money from the bank, to disc-jockeying in the music studio, receiving treatment in the hospital and designing your own front page at the Flathampton Chronicle. The roving reporters’ account of events is also shown later on in a special large-screen news bulletin.

Both my sons, aged 10 and six, were completely immersed in this fictional little town and I’m not the least bit surprised.

A fun and unique experience - a new dimension in entertainment.

Flathampton is on at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate theatre until Saturday, July 30. To book tickets, contact the box office on 01604 624811.