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AndSoWeSaw // The Tiger Who Came to Tea

What a way to round out the festive season. Heading to the Town Hall to spend some time with friends and watch The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

I remember the tale from when I was wee, but I didn’t realise that it is in its 50th year of publication (also as a side note Judith Kerr is also responsible for a favourite of mine; Mog). Just a few days before the show I was listening to Judith talk on the radio about her love for the tale and how it grew from a bedtime tale into one of the worlds most beloved bedtime story.

So, with a spring in my step, the boy and I met up with our friends and settled into our seats. For the next 40 minutes, we were all drawn into the tale and were encouraged to sing along and get involved as a cheeky Tiger helps themselves to a snack or 3.

The story is, of course, familiar, with catchy tunes and plenty of giggles along the way. It was a wonderful, fun production with a few touches of magic along the way (I still haven’t figured out how a few of the tricks happened)!

Time and time again I am filled with joy when children are asked to participate in shows; get up on their feet, sing their hearts out and shout at the stage. This show encouraged all of this and more with a very active exercise routine and a clock that needed Ticks and Tocks.
Mum, Dad and Sophie are a joy to watch and as for the Tiger? clearly the start of the show. I won’t say much more as even though the story is familiar, there are still surprises in store.

The show is on at the Town Hall until January 13th, so grab yourself some tickets HERE and get lost in some fun

THSH kindly invited us along to watch the show in exchange for our review. As ever opinions our ours (and we both loved it if you hadn’t guessed!)

AndSoWeSaw // Elf: A Christmas Spectacular

Never before have I headed to Resorts World to kick off our Christmas holidays. But on Friday the boy and I went running out the school gates and straight onto the train to go and see our favourite festive film live on stage. Bring on Elf!

Whether you love the film or not, there is no denying it is all about the Christmas feels and it was translated onto the big stage with the biggest tinsel money can buy (quite literally).

Buddy (played by Tam Ryan) is, of course, the star of the show and we all fall in love with the silliness of it all as he goes on his journey to find his family. With the addition of some great show tunes (my personal favourite was Nobody Cares About Santa), it was a show for all the family to enjoy.

Jovie was played by Martine McCutcheon and David Essex in the role of Walter Hobbs my boys most favourite person to see was Jennie Dale (aka Captain Captain from Cbeebies Swashbuckle), with the ensemble rounded out with local theatre students from the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (which reminded me of a youth spent as a panto babe back in the 80s!)

This is the first time I’ve seen a stage show on such an epic scale and no matter what way you looked there was something to see including a tightrope walker and some wonderful aerial acrobatics with Santa’s sleigh being the star of the show in terms of bringing a touch of magic to the arena.

With an overall running time of 2 ½ hours (including interval) the show was a little too long for my boy (he was over tired and over stimulated by the time the final song was sung), and so whilst it was a great festive adventure for the grown-ups, I would recommend you leave the little little ones at home for this one.

Elf: A Christmas Spectacular is on until December 24th and so plenty of time to get into the festive spirit.

Resorts World Arena kindly invited us along to watch the show in exchange for our review. As ever opinions our ours