Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam
The much-loved children’s book by Helen Stephens has been adapted for stage into a creative play by Peter Glanville and it is truly wonderful.
My 5-year-old son and I are huge fans of the book and could not wait to go and see the live performance at The Lowry theatre during our half term break. We love going to see children’s shows and this one did not disappoint.
The show is aimed at pre-school as well as older children and uses great techniques of puppetry along with fantastic story writing and excellent acting.
Before the show started, the two actors were out in the audience measuring children’s heads and interacting with the young audience. You could see the excitement in the children’s faces as they didn’t know what to expect. Throughout the performance the actors would speak with the audience and come out with the lion, this worked extremely well, and the children felt they were part of the show.
The play begins in a hat shop with the two performers introducing themselves and explaining some stories of hats they have in the hat shop. The show swiftly loves on to the story of the lion.
The story sees a lion who has been chased out of town by the townspeople and has now gotten his head stuck in the wendy house in the back garden of a little girl named Iris. Iris realises that she must protect the lion from the townspeople and hide the lion wherever she must to keep him safe. However, she finds this a difficult task, with the lion being so big and noisy.
It’s a lovely story with a really pleasing ending which had all of the children enthralled in every aspect of the show and at only 40 minutes long, it is the perfect length for little ones to watch.
My son has a very limited attention span, so we need to make sure we are watching something that is thoroughly engaging for him or we have to leave. This show did not disappoint, with the bright colours, the vivid storyline and the fabulous lion, he was engrossed from the word go.
Overall, we had a lovely experience watching How to Hide a Lion and would definitely recommend it.
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The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000