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The Young Londoner reviews The Red Balloon

The London International Mime Festival brings us, The Red Balloon, a special treat for the whole family aboard the Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice. We stepped on to the gangplank, climbed aboard (mind your head as you enter!) and left the sunny wintry shores of Little Venice behind.

Now the fact that you’re going to watch a show on a barge is exciting enough if you are a little person, let alone when there are treats to pick from (pocket money friendly as well) puppets to admire and other children within earshot. Soon enough the ship’s bell rings and the magic begins.

The Red Balloon is a production story created by String Theatre and tells the story of a small boy’s friendship with a balloon. Performed to specially commissioned music and using beautiful, wooden, long-string marionettes, this production – inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s famous short film of the same name, has captivated adults and children across the world. It is wordless so little Londoners who can use their own imagination to interpret the narrative.

It is poignant, beautiful and brought to life in a charming and unique way – certainly worth a visit. The show runs for 45mins with no interval and it is advised for children aged 3 and above.

The Red Balloon at the Puppet Barge is £13 adults / £9 children / £10 concs + booking fee (£1) more info and bookins via