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Babe The Sheep Pig – Norwich Theatre Royal

On Easter Sunday, Neva, Kaide, Eowyn and I were invited along to Norwich Theatre Royal to watch a performance of Babe The Sheep Pig. The Dick King Smith classic is brought to life with amazing puppets and an enchanting cast.  I had read many reviews of the show and was very keen to see it for myself, we had watched the movie and I couldn’t wait to see how they transferred it to the stage, we were certainly not disappointed. The children aged between 8 and 14 all thoroughly enjoyed the show, so anyone considering if their child is too old, I would say No, it is a family show and everyone will enjoy it.

The beginning of the story, when Farmer Hogget picks up Babe to guess his weight, was particularly lovely, and you can almost forget that it is in fact a puppet. I loved the puppies and the way they interacted with Babe.

The fact that the entire cast is made up of just 8 people is stunning, the sheep costumes are amazing and in certain lights the dog Fly looks almost real. The story follows Babe’s arrival at Hogget’s farm and his natural ability to herd the sheep, through manners and politeness! He starts off as a meal for Christmas and ends up a prizewinning Sheep Pig!

To begin with Eowyn didn’t quite get the concept that the sheep were also playing real people, so there were lots of questions, is it a sheep, is it a person, why is the person wearing a sheep outfit, the kind of things you would expect from an inquisitive child! Once she got her head around the fact that they were playing both parts, she became engrossed, although she did get a little concerned when Maa the sheep was killed by a wolf, and I can see why, as the Wolf costume was very scary and the lighting effects really did add to the scene, thankfully Farmer Hogget got a phonecall just in time to let him know that farms were being attacked and he no longer thought that Babe had caused the death (much to the relief of everyone in the audience!)

Overall, it was a great family show that I would encourage everyone to go and see, there are two showings at the Norwich Theatre Royal today, so be quick and book your tickets!

If you don’t get a chance to see it today check out Babe The Sheep Pig UK Tour for dates and places it will be appearing.

Sunny Afternoon Norwich Theatre Royal

Neva and I were invited along to watch Sunny Afternoon at Norwich Theatre Royal, a fantastic musical following the rise of the 1960s band The Kinks, who began their musical career in Muswell Hill, a place I know very well as that was the area both my parents grew up in, and my dad was also in a band during the same time, so all of the songs were played in our house whilst I was growing up, although Neva is only 14, she also knew some of the songs, which goes to prove good music, never goes out of fashion. Continue reading

Ben and Hollys Little Kingdom On Tour!

Last week Viggo and I were invited along to Marina Theatre to watch Ben and Hollys Little Kingdom Live on Stage and Viggo Loved it!

Here is a little sneak peak…

Viggo and Tyrus enjoy watching Ben Elf and Princess Holly’s adventures on TV, the show was at 10am, so it was only Viggo that could go and watch.

The audience was full of mummy’s and daddy’s with pre-school children and all the children were transfixed by the stage and the real life Ben and Holly!

Viggo was not too sure of a giant Lucy head when they were playing tooth fairy, but soon relaxed when she became the size of Ben and Holly! He loved it when Holly turned Ben into a Frog.

The flying scene with them returning to the little kingdom was a little smoky, but Viggo didn’t notice as he was amazed that they were flying on Gaston’s back!

Jelly Flood caused great excitement, just as it does when it happens on TV! The show was just under an hour and a half with one interval, for this age children I was unsure if they would all sit for that amount of time, but they all were very happy, in fact the time passed very quickly.

If you have a Ben and Holly fan I would definitely recommend that you look out for the show coming to a theatre near you, for further details you can check out Ben and Holly Live


Forever Jackson Review Marina Theatre

You may remember last month I told you that Forever Jackson was performing at the Marina Theatre Lowestoft, as well as running a competition for two tickets I was also invited along with a guest to watch the show and give my thoughts.

Neva aged 13 came with me, she is too young to remember the Michael Jackson pop career, and being aged 6 when he died, however she loves watching shows and the atmosphere of the theatre.

Whilst we were at the theatre I noticed that the age range that was there was immense, there were children younger than Neva and they knew all of the words, so i’m guessing it was a parent or grandparents influence, which is natural, as I remember going to see the Buddy Holly story with my parents when I was a child and I knew all of the songs because of my dad playing the cassettes in the car (makes me sound old!).

The show was brilliant, the King of Pop is portrayed perfectly by Robin Parsons, who has the exact mannerisms and moves, along with the voice, although he does seem to have more of a sense of humour than I remember Michael ever showing!

The group of backing dancers provide the moves of the Michael Jackson era, along with a little modern touch.

The entire theatre was up on it’s feet dancing and singing away to all of the classics, and if the show is coming to a theatre near you, I would definitely recommend booking tickets, a must for the Jackson mega fans, but just as much for lovers of music as a whole, as the entire show was thoroughly entertaining.

You can check out which venues Forever Jackson Bad Tour will be playing at here

Mamma Mia! Go see it NOW!

On Wednesday, Xene, Neva and I went along to the Theatre Royal Norwich to watch the amazing Mamma Mia, and it certainly did not disappoint any of the 1300 people who had come along to watch.

I am a huge fan of the film, but I can honestly say it was SO much better than the movie (even with Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth in the equation) The cast were outstanding and the fact that every single one of the audience were on their feet, is proof that I was not alone!

It is running until Saturday 25th March in Norwich, but don’t take too long to decide as the tickets are nearly all gone! Next stop Newcastle, you can find out all of the dates and venues here

It was always going to be a hit with me as I love Abba’s music, but I was unsure about the girls aged 18 and 13, they both thought it was fantastic and surprisingly knew all the words too.

I’m sure you all know the story, Mother and daughter and three possible fathers, all find themselves together for the daughters wedding, with lots and lots of singing and dancing, my particular favourite was the grooms stag do, with all of them dancing in wetsuits and flippers, I never even knew it was possible to dance in them!

The athleticism of the entire cast was incredible and I would definitely recommend it to everyone who is an Abba fan, or just loves musicals.