I had Thursday afternoon off work to take Monkey to see Peppa Pig Live – Peppa Pig’s Surprise. We went to our local pantomime in December and from out of no where Monkey requested to see Peppa on stage? We don’t watch Peppa on TV very much although we have had a great time at Peppa Pig World so I was a little bemused as to where it came from. When I had a look online and realised it was going to be local I booked some tickets as an extra Christmas present, you can find out their tour dates here. So what did we think?
Its billed as a show for pre-schoolers and looking around the theatre it did seem that most of the audience were quite a bit younger than Monkey who is now three and seven months. I was a little nervous what if it was too young for him? But he was fully engrossed for the whole performance. He even sat on the seat at the end of the isle because he could see better – I did check myself on this as the steps look very inviting for running up and down but he stayed in his seat unless he was joining in with the dancing.
Basic Story Line:
The show opened with all the main characters taking part in a hide and seek game, in addition to the normal Peppa cast you are introduced to one of Peppa’s friends Daisy. She generally keeps the show moving on, after some obligatory puddle jumping Mummy and Daddy pig break the news that they are going for a “surprise” outing tomorrow. Naturally this generates some excitement amongst the characters. Fast forward and the piggy duo have a bath complete with bubbles. At bedtime the set looks exactly as it does on the TV, the audience, Peppa and George are treated to a story of the Red Monkey by Daisy. Where the red monkey makes an appearance and proceeds to dance around the stage. The next morning you greet them in the little red car on the way to their surprise, which is a trip to the beach. As you can imagine a full range of beach fun and activities unfolds including burying daddy pig in sand and almost forgetting him!
Things we really liked:
- The puppets were really good. Only mummy and daddy pig are in full costume, the other charters are puppets operated by puppeteers in black. Although they are big puppets a good couple of ft high and look just like the TV characters. This didn’t phase Monkey at all, although I have seen some complaints on Facebook. In fact I thought they were very skilled at making the appropriate animal noises and voices and can’t imagine how else they would do it.
- Its split into two acts of around 40 minutes each, this is the first children’s theatre show we have been too which has done this. Practically this is a great idea as it means that theres a loo break built in or in our case an ice cream break
- There are loads of songs and dancing opportunities which helps to keep them interested, at the end of the show all the children congregated in front of the stage for one last song. The show itself is reasonably interactive and doesn’t feel as though its trying too hard to be so. Monkey was shouting out answers without any encouragement.
- The extra effects such as giant bubbles, smoke and George’s tears (although if you are in the front row you may get a little wet!)
- Our favourite part was looking into the rock pool and seeing all the sea life puppets in florescent paint on the black background. It was very effective.
Things I wasn’t so keen on:
- Merchandise – everywhere you looked the children has flashing lights on Peppa sticks, of course Monkey wanted one. They have seemingly become a necessity to help children sit through a show. Of course Monkey wanted one. I just don’t really agree with them!
Overall a great experience and I would throughly recommend for Peppa Pig fans, if you need anymore convincing you can find a video trailer below.
Have you been to any good children’s theatre shows recently?