Southwell Festival Review

How Time Flies began on a simple premise – the journey to discovering the identity of Skelebob – yet after 30 minutes had passed and the production had ended, the audience, myself included, found themselves charmed by the beautiful combination of song, dance, design and education that the team had so wonderfully orchestrated.

How Time Flies was a truly immersive experience from the very beginning, as both children and audiences were introduced to Leonard and Gertrude who would be journeying with them on an adventure through the past.


The various tales that Leonard and Gertrude told about who they thought Skelebob could be encouraged the audience members to speculate themselves about the endless possibilities that a human life from the past could consist of, engaging them and captivating their creativity. What I particularly enjoyed was that no suggestion was dismissed or put down; enthusiasm of imagination was actively encouraged and was blended seamlessly with education, which is no small feat.



The beautifully handmade set pieces, costumes, even the seats the audience sat upon, allowed for a wonderfully inviting and homely feel.

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The Handmade team fully utilised the element of sound in their production, with music being used to evoke an era of history – a Viking longboat, for instance, or a Roman army. The vast array of instruments used – a trumpet, ukelele, and a tuba to name but a few – made their production into a fully audiovisual experience, with children eagerly joining in with the songs and dances – (and some adults too!)


All in all, How Time Flies was half an hour of high energy, song, dance, education, beautiful set design and captivating, loveable characters. A heartwarming show for both children and adults alike.

The Spring/Summer tour of How Time Flies has only just begun, so if you’d like to see the team and discover more about the past with the archaeologists, you can book tickets here.