As huge Julia Donaldson fans, we couldn’t miss Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales when it came to the Curve theatre in Leicester this month.
My keenness to book was evident in the fact we’d secured centre front row tickets, which gave us the best possible view of the action – and even provided some interaction with the fabulous cast.
This is the third production we’ve been to see based on Julia Donaldson books (the others were The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom) and I’m always amazed by how they bring the stories to life in new and exciting ways and keep little people engaged for up to an hour.
It kicked off with Monkey Puzzle (as a write this, the ‘oo-ahh’ monkey music is going round my mind), and the cast helping monkey look for his mum. I love the way they use everyday objects and more unusual items to represent different characters (for example, one of the cast was transformed into an elephant via two fabric bags and a tumble drier vent, and the snake was a scarf!).
Monkey Puzzle formed the glue for the show, with the other three stories interspersed along the way.
My big boys’ highlights were the man dressed as the little old lady in Squash and a Squeeze (great accent by the way!), and seeing the giant’s underpants when his trousers fell down.
Personally, I found the whole show hilarious, to the point where I think I probably laughed more than the kids – never before did I know there was such sexual tension between the Little Old Lady and Wise Old Man in Squash and a Squeeze!
Sadly, the Leicester run appears to be the last for Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales this year, but I’m sure it will have future tours.
If you’ve read and enjoyed Tiddler, you can read about our other recommended sea life stories.