Thursday, 5 December 2019

REVIEW - The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussycat

Last weekend we were kindly invited to Royal and Derngate Northampton for a performance of The Further Adventures of The Owl and The Pussycat. The story is written by Julia Donaldson and is a magical tale featuring old favourites.

We all know the original poem of The Owl and The Pussycat and how they went to the moon on a beautiful pea green boat. Well where that story ended a new sequel began full of beautiful creatures and far off lands.

The Royal and Derngate is right at the very heart of Northampton having been built in 1884 and a much loved part of the community. Growing up in the town I have fond memories of seeing pantomimes and shows like Blackadder which I still have a review I wrote up from when I was 8 or 9 after a school trip...see it was in me from a young age! 

We arrived at the theatre early, parked in the multi story car park down the road and picked up some snacks before heading in. This was our first time going to see a show with both children and were so pleased with how inclusive it was. There were cushions on the floor in front of the stage like a giant cloud. We managed to get a few of the chairs that were across the back of the room and the kids sat on the cushions in front of us. Plenty of other parents were sat with their children on the floor but I wouldn't have gotten back up again after 45 minutes! 

Before the performance started there were two actors sat in a boat on the stage silently miming knitting. For the 10 minutes everyone was settling they sat fully in character and mimed chit chat between them it really was a lovely way to start. 

They turned out to be the Owl and Pussycat in human form and as the story unfolded out came the most gorgeous puppets and props. The attention to detail was brilliant. They had the whole audiences attention all the way through which is hard when there is only two of them. They moved the furniture around on stage seamlessly, sang silly songs and moved around so gracefully.

The play lasted about 40 minutes and although the kids got a bit fidgety at times it was noting extra snacks couldn't help. We all had a really great time and are already looking at the next performance we want to see! 

The Further Adventures of The Owl and The Pussycat is still showing until 5th January so if you are local there is still time to book tickets. I have popped a little trailer below too. 

Do let me know in the comments if you would like to see more of these try of reviews, with the kids getting older we will be able to visit the theatre a lot more! 

*We were gifted tickets in exchange for an honest review. As always all opinions are my own. Photo credit to Ellie Kurttz

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