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Margo & Mr.Whatsit

recommended age 4+ 

50mins family show

Do you have an imaginary friend? A little piece of mischief only you can see?

Sophia’s imaginary friend is called Mr. Whatsit. No matter where Sophia finds herself living, he’s always there with a new joke to tell and a new game to play.

But when Sophia moves into her new foster home, Mr Whatsit finds himself unimagined! Now Sophia has a new imaginary friend – the glamourous, grown-up Margo.

Can Mr. Whatsit’s childish playfulness keep him from being unimagined for good? And with her imaginary friends competing against each other, will Sophia manage to find her forever home?

PaddleBoat Theatre Company present an interactive make-believe tale where the real and imaginary collide, and friends are never far away.


"every moment is filled with magic, ebullience, and joy"

"wonderful and touching children’s theatre that captures the heart of all those who witness it"


"family friendly entertainment at its finest"

​Schools Feedback 

  • ‘The performance of Margo & Mr. Whatsit was superb. The children were totally immersed in the story...The Paddleboat actors skilfully portrayed the inner thoughts of a child in foster care...The depth of the characters, intriguing and emotional storyline coupled with Paddleboat's sense of comedy and fun made for a truly entertaining show.’ - Tom Page, Deputy Headteacher, White Rock Primary School

  • ‘From the slapstick humour which enchanted younger members of the audience to the thought-provoking narrative of the brilliantly resilient Sophia, this is a sensitive and ultimately uplifting portrayal of a little girl's journey through the care system.” – Lisa Hudson, Education Officer at Northcott Theatre

  • ‘An important story that deserves to be told… gentle, challenging, beautiful’ – Erin Walcon, Doorstep Arts

  • ‘I really enjoyed it! I liked it when they went to catch the shooting star.’ - Maisie, age 11.

  • ‘I think it had a lot of emotion in it and feeling, because it was funny.’ - Charlie, age 8.

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