Review: 4**** Shrek the Musical @ShrekUKTour @TheatreRNorwich @AmeliaLilyOffic

Following the award-winning success of DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is bursting back on to stages around the UK. Currently taking residency at Norwich’s Shrek-5-Steffan-Harri-as-Shrek.-Shrek-the-Musical-UK-and-Ireland-tour-2018.-Credit-Helen-Maybanks-2-930x360Theatre Royal until Sunday, July 8th Shrek will then continue touring the UK until December 2018. Telling the not so traditional fairy tale of how an unlikely hero, Shrek and his noble steed Donkey, embark on an adventure to rescue Princess Fiona for the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad.

Characters including Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Three Pigs and the Gingerbread Man make up the ensemble of #FairytaleFreaks add vibrancy and diversity to this “Big, Bright Beautiful” cast.

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Review: 4**** Awful Auntie Marlowe Theatre Canterbury @_AwfulAuntie ‏@davidwalliams @birminghamstage,

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie is the story of unfortunate Lady Stella Saxby (Georgina Leonidas) and the unravelling of her mean Aunt Alberta (Timothy Speyer).f49dd93a103d3216e49bd1ff1947c3c084c003dc

Recently orphaned Stella is left to be ‘cared’ for by her Aunt Alberta when her parents meet their untimely death. Inspired by Roald Dahl, Walliams has written a murder mystery for children and due to a superb set and great acting, it really works on stage. Speyer plays the awful Aunt Alberta almost too well and the children thoroughly enjoy his performance.

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Review: 4**** Fusion Theatre’s Stories from Around the World at Islington’s Pleasance Theatre  @thelondonfusion @TanyaChainey @ThePleasance

There’s always a certain amount of trepidation when one takes a four-year-old to the theatre.  A darkened room filled with strangers is not their usual environment. This means there is always a considerable risk that you will be the parent dragging a fractious, bored, crying pre-schooler across everyone’s eye line to prevent them spoiling the show for those with better-behaved children.  Stories+LogoSo it was with these nagging concerns that my four-year-old daughter and I set out on a beautiful, warm sunny April afternoon to go and see Fusion Theatre’s Stories from Around the World at Islington’s Pleasance Theatre.

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Review: 3*** George’s Marvellous Medicine at Rose Theatre Kingston @Rosetheatre #GeorgesMarvellousMedicine

As part of The Rose Theatre Kingston’s 10th Anniversary Season, we went to see George’s Marvelous Medicine.

George’s Marvellous Medicine is one of Roald Dahl’s darker children’s stories, telling the tale of a mean old grandma and how George replaces her medicine with a concoction to make her nice. Preston Nyman (George). Photography credit - Manuel Harlan (4)_previewIt might not sound like something you want your children to see, but this adaption of the famous novel kept an audience, who were mainly under 10 years of age,  transfixed for nearly 2 hours.

The close proximity to the stage at the Rose Theatre and a healthy dose of audience participation created a relaxed and entertaining production. There was very much a pantomime atmosphere that may not suit all adults, but the exaggerated characters lighten this dark tale and provide a context that engages kids, without encouraging them to create their own marvellous medicine!

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News: The children of Playhouse Pickings are off on a Magical Interactive Adventure. Stories Around the World at The Pleasance Theatre on 21 and 22 April @thelondonfusion

Calling all explorers! Join us on the voyage of a lifetime to discover fairy tales, myths and legends from around the globe. Fusion Theatre presents their magical, interactive, fast-paced, hilarious storytelling adventure, for all the family! unnamed (1)The only accept the bravest sailors on this mission. Will you join the adventure?

The show has developed a lot over the years and has toured to schools across the UK. This April. Now the successful production of Stories from Around the World returns to the seas at The Pleasance, Islington. The show will be a lot of fun, filled with big characters, hilarious scenarios and a voyage around the world to celebrate different cultures, discover traditional stories and meet new people.

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