Reviewed by Lacey Anning
We went to see ‘Mister Maker and the Shapes Live!’ at Wycombe Swan Theatre (28 May 2017). We arrived with 20 minutes before the show was due to start and struggled to park in the Swan Car Park so know for future to either arrive earlier, or park elsewhere.
Visiting the theatre with two children under three we hired red booster seats for £1 each from the cloakroom, hoping that this would add to the experience for the children. For most of the show they ended up sat on our laps, or dancing so these weren’t really necessary on this occasion.
On arrival, the usher gave each child a piece of paper which we were told would be needed later in the show – the excitement built! Before the show started Mister Makers’ friends – Jenny, Emmy, Rhys and Will were dancing at the front to help get the children involved.
The show opened with a song and it wasn’t too long before Mister Maker arrived on stage ready to do some making! We were introduced to the Shapes and it wasn’t long before the pieces of paper got their first airing. A member of the audience was then brought up onto the stage with her parent to do a ‘one minute make’. Following that Mister Maker made three items whist singing a song that had been especially rewritten for the show. Three guardians were then brought onto stage and involved in these makes. Following this, the paper got its last airing with the audience, and this lead nicely to the interval.
After the interval, there was another one minute make, using the paper the audience had previously had. We were all then involved with some dancing with the Shapes. This got a lot of the children up and dancing and most of the audience moving their arms. Mister Maker then made something else with a member of the audience.
Then came the highlight of the show for me – Mister Maker rapping. There were two well-known pop songs which were given a rewrite for the show, and one of those involved Mister Maker rapping along. This was certainly a surprise.
Onto the finale and everyone was encouraged to get involved again with some dancing. Mister Maker then pulled out some incredible dance moves which really wowed the audience.
The children both enjoyed the show, with one of them asking to see it all again so it certainly got the thumbs up from them. From an adult point of view the show was good, and kept the children entertained.
The Wycombe Swan as a venue is clean and comfortable and the staff are approachable and friendly.
Mister Maker and The Shapes Live! is currently on tour around the UK, for more information, tour dates or to book tickets visit mistermakerlive.co.uk.
For other shows at the Wycombe Swan visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk or call the box office on 01494 512 000.
Wycombe Swan, St. Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE | 01494 512 000