Hidden within Romford, deep in the heart of The Mercury Mall, is a small part of The North Pole. We meet our guide at the Information Station and followed footprints along the corridor until we finally found the secret Toyshop.

We enter the hidden room and it’s decorated with flashing lights and a lady in green and red clothes with rather pointy ears, we sit down as she works away and all of a sudden the oddly dressed lady notices us and it begins

Aimed at 6-11 year olds, ‘Sparky The Elf and The Secret Toyshop’ is written by long term Queen’s Theatre Director Douglas Rintoul and it’s the story of the Sparky the Elf (Played by Emma Swan) who has been expelled from the North Pole by the big FC (Father Christmas) due to her posting a naughty song on YouTube. Emma is extremely enthusiastic throughout the whole show, using words such as ‘zummer zap’ and calling Romford ‘Rimfeet’ , she did a good job of getting the children (and most of the adults) excited, they were even allowed to join in picking up the toys at the end, which my girl loved.

The room was small and the set simple but some of the detail was great, this included a washing machine that had been turned into a present chute and I have no idea how the presents appeared and disappeared in front of our eyes.

My 6 year old daughter loved the show, especially the interaction with Sparky. I would highly recommend you go and see it before the 30th December

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