THERE'S no better way to celebrate its first Christmas than with a world premiere.

And so the Storyhouse have created a seasonal show that will remind us all of the innocence, sense of community and joy surrounding this time of year.

Enid Blyton created young, likeable sleuths and they are ideal characters on which to base a play.

This brand new concept for the stage is peppered with festive songs courtesy of on stage musicians and a mini-choir with traditional carols.

Composer Harry Blake perfectly sets the mood.

A superb wintry set features as its centre piece an old air-raid shelter where the gang meet in the fictitious Wirral location of Cherrydale with its neighbouring village fences and hedges overseen by its beautiful skylines.

Passwords are crucial but quickly forgotten by the smashing septet who extol lashings of loyalty.

There are some truly lovely special effects using light and snow to great effect.

Director Alex Clifton and writer Glyn Maxwell have stayed true to the spirit of the original books.

Post war costumes reflect the contrast to today's fashion obsessed youth.

Many older types will remember the adaptation by TV's Comic Strip - more satire than sentiment - and the black comedic drama of Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills which both used adults playing children.

This production is closer to the Blood Brothers approach.

There are some gentle moments of humour and poignancy.

With an energetic, diverse cast it would be unfair to single out any one actor.

Leader Peter Grainger would have made Captain Mainwaring from Dad's Army proud as he guides his team in solving the mystery of the 'flying girl.'

Feloow crime fighters, Janet, George, Colin, Pam, Barbara and Jack try to keep calm and carry on.

We also meet the Triumphant Two and hear about the Silent Six. There's a cute surprise with puppet dog Scamper - the four-legged sidekick.

But I am sworn to secrecy.

The cast all have a childlike glee and the characters playing grown ups convey an Ealing Comedy feel to their performances.

It is clear from the outset to the fun finale and inventive audience participation, that this is a piece of entertainment for all ages that will take you back in time to a halcyon time of no iPads, mobile phones or Skype.

To a decade where the nearest you would get to new technology was a torch.

Where gifts - one per person - such as coloured pens and a kite made the season of giving so meaningful in the austere early 1950s.

Storyhouse offer a seasonal show that makes you feel good and think about the true spirit of friendship, family and the magic that is all around us if we just take the time to look.

Seven stars ... (it's Christmas) Good Work Secret Seven!

The production's run ends on January 14

Tickets from 01244409113