5 July 2015
Reviewed by Rosemary Knight
My five year old granddaughter and I were delighted to have the opportunity to see a performance of A Thousand Cranes’ production of “Me and my Cat” at the Lowry Theatre in Salford. This play is adapted for the stage by Vicky Ireland from the popular children’s book by award winning Japanese author Satoshi Kitamura.
Kumiko Mendl plays Detective K who answers the phone on her first morning at the Amazing Kitamura Detective Agency to discover that she is talking to a cat. Kumiko enlists the help of the junior detectives in the audience to solve the mystery of why Nicholas and his pet cat have swapped identities.
The story is both fun and educational, ensuring that the both children and adults enjoy taking part in solving all the clues. My granddaughter absolutely loved shouting out the answers to the questions asked by Kumiko. Many of the children in the audience were already familiar with the book, but this adaptation was an absolute delight. Kumiko’s performance was always entertaining and kept her young audience captivated and amused throughout.
I go to the Lowry Theatre quite often and am always impressed by the efficient friendliness of the staff. I have had recent surgery and am still struggling with mobility and the staff went out of their way to ensure that we reached our seats with ease.
Me and My Cat lasts just one hour, this is perfect family entertainment and I would certainly recommend it.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000