Posted on May 24, 2013

Grandpa in my Pocket at Nottingham Playhouse

local review/ Review

Last night we were invited along to watch Grandpa in my Pocket ‘Teamwork!’ at the Nottingham Playhouse for the first show in their tour. Boo has loved Grandpa in my Pocket for a good few years now and has a few of the DVDs which she often watches. So we were very excited to go along!

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Boo excited for the show to start.

Boo loved the show from start to finish, she was totally engaged the whole time. Two hours is quite a long time for a 6 year old to sit still but she didn’t moan once! The characters were brilliant and totally beliveable as their different roles!

There are only six actors in the whole show who play eleven different characters between them; they do this seamlessly and really get into each character. Boo couldn’t believe how Great Aunt Loretta sounded just like the ‘real one’ on TV (she really was very good!) and Robin Simpson who played Grandpa and Mr Whoops was brilliant but especially brilliant as Grandpa!

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The Set (Beginning)

The set is really fantastic too, Boo loved the way the beach huts change into different things throughout the show… especially when one became My Whoop’s toy shop!

I personally found the whole show fascinating, a brilliant cast, pretty set, wonderful use of puppets, funny and engaging!

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Boo as Mr Whoops!

I did take Bugs along with us; Bugs isn’t 3 until August – the first 10 minutes he was absolutely mystified and didn’t move from his seat, after that although he loved to watch the show he would not sit still and kept talking rather loudly; luckily I had a big bag of sweet to keep him occupied. On reflection I think he was too young, the show is recommended from 4-11 years so you may want to consider this if you’re thinking of taking under 4’s. It’s a long time to ask them to sit still and not that fair on other members of the audience who have paid a lot of money to go.

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Boo as Mr Mentor!

So if you have kids who love Grandpa in my Pocket then this is really worth going to see!

Sunnysands Pirate, Horatio Heave Ho takes Jason and Jemima on a pirate adventure in search of treasure. But when things go wrong, it’s time for Grandpa to put on his Shrinking Cap and save the day. It’s Teamwork!

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The Set (End)

If you are going to the show please don’t expect to see a real little Grandpa running around on stage. The ‘small’ Grandpa is in total twelve different puppets!

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Boo was very pleased to meet Javan Hughes who plays Jason Mason

Grandpa in my Pocket is showing at Nottingham Playhouse until the 31st May; if you are local it is very much worth seeing… after that it will be visiting Swindon Wyvern, Crewe Lyceum, Wolverhampton Grand, Croydon Ashcroft Theatre, Cardiff New Theatre, Hall for Cornwall, White Rock Theatre Hastings, Bradford Alhambra, Dartford Orchard Theatre, Exeter Northcott, New Street Oxford, Wycombe Swan, Pavilion Theatre Rhyl, Richmond Theatre and finally the Theatre Royal in Brighton. For dates and other information visit www.grandpainmypocketlive.co.uk

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