Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales – Theatre Review

How the weird can be wonderful for our children…

To celebrate ‘World Book Day’, Little Man and I ventured to the theatre to watch ‘Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales’, the stage adaptation of the children’s books by award winning writer, Julia Donaldson, author of ‘The Gruffalo‘.

Once again, I was so nervous about taking my boy. He is in full ‘terrible twos’ mode now and the thought of him having a tantrum in the middle of a performance really makes me anxious.

Yet, the show started and instantly he sat in his own seat, bolt upright, completely engaged in what was happening. And in all honesty, I’m pleased he was engaged because I had no idea what was going on at first! I did hear a young girl in the audience who was about 10 years old say ‘ Mum what is this?!’ Which did make me laugh as she had clearly said what was on the minds of most parents there!

That said, the 3 very talented performers, did an incredible job of reenacting well known bedtime stories including ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’, ‘A Squish and A Squeeze’ and of course ‘Tiddler’, the tale of a Fish who is always late for school.

There was singing, dancing, puppetry and a very good saxophone solo; all of which combined to heighten the imaginations of so many little minds and it wouldn’t matter if they weren’t familiar with the books.

My little boy sung along, danced, cheered and clapped throughout and it made me so happy and proud that he was enjoying the production that was in essence a little bit quirky. By the end, all of the children seemed fixated and although it was slightly weird for us adults, it was lovely to see something a bit different that was both entertaining and educational for children.

With a running time of just an hour, it’s a great excuse to get your little ones out of the house or watch as an after school treat.

To find your nearest theatre and book tickets to this weird yet wonderful show. Book here:- www.tiddlerlive.com

Disclaimer:- I was gifted these tickets in return for my honest opinion and review

Pantomime Time! Cinderella Review

We’re now well into December and Pantomime season has begun! I was very fortunate to have been invited to see our local pantomime, Cinderella at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford.

As soon as I entered the auditorium, I instantly felt Christmassy. The stage was already set up with bright lights and sparkles and there were a lot of very eager children in the audience ready to be entertained!

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One of the first performers on stage was Cinderella herself played by Jayne Wisener. For those that have seen her picture on the poster and thought – ‘Where have I seen her from?’… She was in The Inbetweeners. She’s Irish in real life (I once met her in Boots!) but she can pull off an English accent really well!

The songs were current and the script was relevant, putting a modern day twist to a traditional fairy tale.

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Well known performers in the show included a wonderfully camp Louie Spence, Michelle Collins from Eastenders but for me, Phil Butler as Buttons was the star of the show. He mimed, danced, sang and even did a really impressive magic trick. He entertained and won the audience over so well and definitely deserved the biggest cheer on the night.

The costumes were also fantastic too. The ugly sisters wore a different extravagant outfit every time they came on stage. Over the top designs included a Cornetto, Caramel Bar, Hat and a Shoe! Very impressive!

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If I was to be critical in any way, my one negative would be that at the end of the first half, ponies came on to the stage pulling Cinderella’s carriage. It looked magical and their appearance only lasted about 3 minutes but it was enough for me to feel slightly uncomfortable as I personally dislike animals being used for entertainment.

Aside from that though, all of the cast were incredible and this was the funniest pantomime I have seen in years! The penultimate song including Dandini, Buttons and The Ugly Sisters had me in stitches. I love how panto has the ability to make everyone laugh with hidden adult humour that the children don’t notice!

I would definitely recommend anyone local to Dartford and the surrounding area to book up and see the show.

We’re so pleased we made it to the ball and make sure you do too!
To book tickets click the link here:- https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/kent-pantomime

Until next time!

Charlotte x

Disclaimer:- I was gifted these tickets in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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