Reviewed by Kathryn Harrison
On Saturday afternoon my husband and I visited The Lowry theatre in Salford, Manchester with our two daughters to watch Chores. Chores is described as a circus comedy for the whole family so we were all very excited.
The Lowry is a superb venue located in Salford Quays. Very easily reached via local motorways and with buses and trams stopping right outside. There’s also lots of restaurants close by if you’re looking for a pre or post theatre meal.
In Chores two boys are told they need to tidy their room, in doing so hilarity ensues! Julian and Morgan play the parts of the mischievous young boys, both are superb performers. The mix of circus skills plus comedy had my six year old daughter caught in-between a state of amazement and laughing her socks off. There was juggling, acrobatics, unicycling and toilet paper guns! The performers reminded me of two classic clowns without the creepy make up. Their comic timing and on stage chemistry with one another made this a really entertaining and enjoyable show.
Both Julian and Morgan interacted well with the audience, encouraging and engaging with them, which is always good when children are watching. It can sometimes be hard for young children to sit still for an hour while watching a performance so performances like this where it’s ok if they shout out or move around a bit, are fantastic.
This was truly a family show, us parents were laughing just as much as our six year old, a lot of the comedy went over our two year olds head but she stared in wonder at the juggling and acrobatics. I would recommend this show to all families but particularly those with children aged between four and ten, although don’t be surprised if they ask for a toilet paper gun after watching it!
Chores is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit housetheatre.org.uk/tours/chores.
For other shows at The Lowry in Manchester visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000