David Wood’s Storytime The Gingerbread Man at the Swan Theatre Review


GingerbreadManDavid Wood’s Storytime
The Gingerbread Man
Swan Theatre, Worcester

29 August 2015


Reviewed by Victoria Linney

We plugged the post code of the theatre into the satnav and it took us almost to the door of the Swan Theatre. There is a pay and display carpark that is less than a minute walk from the theatre. The fee was very reasonable too £1.80 for up to 3 hours. However as we had arrived early we were able to park in one of the few spaces right outside the theatre (free parking for up to 2 hours) so this was ideal for us as we had a little one with us.

The Swan Theatre is a lovely little theatre, the staff are very friendly. Our tickets were waiting for us at the ticket desk with no issues at all. They sell refreshments at the theatre and they are very reasonable prices. It cost us £2.50 for a bottle of water and a bottle of diet coke. There was a free programme of the show for all guests. It contains info about David Wood and also magic tricks for children to do.

The seats were comfy and the theatre was clean and had a great ambience. Before the show David the storyteller came round saying hello to the audience, this was a lovely touch and meant to children felt like they knew him a bit before the show started. The Gingerbread Man is an endearing story about the Gingerbread Man (not the traditional one). On the dresser in a house owned by the Big Ones lives Pepper and Salt. They find a gingerbread man who has just been cooked. They create a face for him and bring him to life. David tells the story of the adventure they have. David is an amazing storyteller and kept the audience (mainly children) engaged. Mind you my husband was captivated by the show too! My 17 month old was also kept entertained by the show. She especially loved it when David did actions and songs, as she joined in with everyone shouting cuckoo and one point in the story too.

David also did some magic tricks which went down very well with the audience too; he even used two very happy children to help demonstrate one of the tricks too. The Porridge Pincher was another of the stories told. This is a rhyming take on Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and the audience were encourage to say what the word coming next was. Another of the books was Funny Bunny’s Magic Show. I really liked this book as it is like you are creating magic with the book. I think my daughter’s favourite was the Funky Monkey as she was dancing along.

After the show David was there to greet the guests once more and also had some of his books and DVDs for sale. What I thought was great was that he had copies of the books including a few of Funny Bunny that were his copies that guests could have a look through first. The books and DVDs were competitive prices.

Funny Bunny Magic show book £5 – I think this is fab!!
The Porridge Pincher book £4
The Gingerbread Man DVD 1 £5
The Gingerbread Man DVD 2 £5

We bought all of them and David even signed our Funny Bunny book for Matilda.

I would recommend this show to all, especially for children aged 2-10. However my 17 month old sat fairly still (or stood) for most of it. The show is great value for money at a lovely theatre. I would certainly return to this theatre and I would go to the show again and would especially like to see another one of the storytelling shows that David Wood does in the future.

Adults £7, Children £5, £20 for a family of 4. The show is approx. 1 hour long and as there were different stories and music it kept even the young children engaged and very happy.

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

For other shows at the Swan Theatre visit www.worcesterlive.co.uk.

Swan Theatre. The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED | 01905 611 427


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