The day began at a reasonable 7:10am, something I was pleased about considering the clocks go back this weekend and I’m fearing 5am wake up calls. The morning alarm that is my son has been a little inconsistent recently!
Little L had been looking forward to this day since I told him we had won tickets for Peppa Pig Live through the Trinity Walk Facebook Page (one of those “like and share” things that I wondered if anyone ever won!) He mentioned Peppa every day up to the event, but I reminded calm about this, assuming that he felt the same as I did before a Robbie Williams gig! After all, it’s a big thing for a two year old who watching Peppa most days…okay, every day, at some point.
There was a slight panic when I went to park and the car park was full. Every parent and child in Wakefield seemed to be going to the show and a couple of ‘white van men’ asked what was going on. “Peppa Pig Live at the theatre” I said. “Oh,” they laughed. “Er….have fun!” Obviously they were unaware of the delights of the opinionated, whiney character plus her family and friends.
As we made our way to the Theatre Royal Wakefield, there were the usual vultures waiting to pounce on unsuspecting parents and their innocent children…obviously I mean the people selling light up wands, balloons and other Peppa Pig merchandise! Luckily I was wise and encouraged Little L to bring the light up wand we bought from the Firework display at the weekend, the same wand that cost me SEVEN POUNDS! I was making sure I got my moneys worth. We picked up our tickets at the box office (which were enclosed in a gold envelope – nice touch Trinity Walk!) and the nice lady gave the little man a Peppa Pig sticker which he wore with pride.
Given that we won the tickets (whoop!) I was unsure how good the seats were so was pleasantly surprised when I saw we were in the stalls and in the middle. We took out seats and waited for the show to begin…Little L was excited and already in awe of the theatre. When the show began, I think he was a little perplexed by it (after all, seeing huge life sized versions of the characters on the TV must be strange for a toddler) but then a huge grin spread across his face and he was very excited to see Pedro the Pony, Danny Dog and Suzy Sheep as well as the Pig family.
Now it’s time to put my Drama teacher head on, the way they created the Peppa Pig magic for the children was so clever. Daisy led the show, singing and moving the story on, with Daddy and Mummy Pig played by people in costumes and the rest were puppets…very big ones! The set moved seamlessly, by the crew and occasionally Daisy herself, and complemented the backdrop of a blue sky with cloud and a sun shining. I was a little fascinated by the puppeteers, dressed in black and mic’d up, they moved the younger characters around the stage, singing and dancing and I’m sure the children didn’t think twice about them. The whole show was packed with dancing and singing, an element highly appealing to my son who loves both of these activities. Each song was arranged into a five part harmony that filled the theatre beautifully. Lasting an hour, with a 15 minute interval, it was the perfect length for little minds with short attention spans and included little extra touches which bonded the actors with the audience, such as George’s ‘tears’ squirting into the audience, and bubbles at bath time floating towards us. I particularly enjoyed the way that Daddy Pig was buried at the beach, with a yellow tent that got bigger as they pretended to build it – very imaginative!
After the show, I asked L what his favourite bit had been, he said “the red monkey”, who pays Peppa and George a visit before bedtime. There was a lot of interact with the audience for the red monkey to appear which is probably why it stuck in his mind. For me, it was the ‘rock pool’ scene, again using puppets and UV to show the creatures Peppa came across in the rock pools at the beach. A visually stimulating scene for the kids, and the jelly fish were just beautiful. It was appreciated that there was the odd joke that the adults found funny too, mainly from Daddy Pig and Mr Potato (what a strange character he is).
We left the theatre and was intercepted by a man selling balloons that looked like George’s dinosaur. Before I knew it Mini Me had one in his hand and I was six quid lighter! It’s fair to say I was mean and didn’t let my little man hold said balloon until we were safely in the car – I wasn’t having such an expensive balloon flying off into the sky, never to be seen again!
With the subject of Drama being a huge part of my life, and a favourite hobby of mine being watching plays and musicals at the theatre, I’m hoping that Mini R can share my love of theatre. From his first visit, it’s fair to say that he really enjoyed it…so much so that we’ve booked to see Sleeping Beauty in December at Theatre Royal Wakefield as a Christmas treat.
Huge thanks for Trinity Walk for the tickets – it was a morning to remember!
All opinions are my own.