Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Awful Auntie Live on Stage is a triumphant adaption of David Walliams’ much love book. It has been cleverly adapted and directed by Neal Foster for the Birmingham Stage Company and opened at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow today (28 September 2017).
The young audience was captivated for the duration by the fast pace of the action as Stella, Georgina Leonidas battles against her Aunt, Alberta, with this larger than life character played by Timothy Speyer. Alberta is helped along by her side kick, the Great Bavarian Mountain Owl, Wagner who you forget is a puppet as its movements are so life like.
The performance opens with Stella awakening for the apparent coma she had suffered after the accident which killed her parents. Aunt Alberta take rather a large amount of glee on telling her of the tragic event! It quick becomes apparent that it was not so much of an accident and Aunt Alberta will go to great lengths to take ownership over Stella’s family home, Saxby Hall.
Stella meets Soot, the friendly ghost of a chimney sweep who died in Saxby Hall, who helps her on her endeavours. A very entertaining tale ensues as they attempt to banish Alberta from Saxby Hall with lots of childhood prank and humour which really appeals to the children and adults alike.
Along with great entertainment there are some strong messages you are left with about how we judge other people and lose the magic and become disillusioned as we get older – a delightful way of instilling some important morals.
The Theatre Royal is situated on Hope Street in Glasgow City Centre. It is an accessible theatre with a bright and spacious foyer. The staff were very engaging with the children both at the interval and as we departed further enhancing the theatre experience.
Tickets cost £26.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Awful Auntie is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow from 28-30 September 20107, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/theatre-royal-glasgow or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647