Reviewed by Rosemary Knight
Peppa Pig has always been a firm favourite of my grandchildren, so I was delighted to take my four year old grandson, Oliver, to The Lowry theatre in Salford Quays, Manchester to watch Peppa Pig’s Adventure, based on the children’s animated TV series. This performance is aimed at age five and under and the audience was packed out with extremely excited little ones and their equally enthusiastic carers. There is plenty of merchandise to purchase in the foyer, so Oliver selected a George Pig light up spinning toy, along with many of the other children who were there.
The show starts off with the Peppa Pig theme tune being played to much delight and applause from the young audience, and then human Daisy comes onto the stage introducing the puppet characters, Pedro Pony, Gerald Giraffe, Suzy Sheep and George Pig, all discreetly controlled by black-suited actors. The only character missing is Peppa. As Peppa plays hide and seek with the other puppets, the young audience shout out excitedly until she is discovered. The first half of the show takes place in Madam Gazelle’s nursery school where the characters sing and the audience join in. The highlight has got to be the Bing Bong Song, which no one can avoid singing as the words are displayed on the stage, so everyone happily joins in.
After the short interval, Daisy, Peppa and the rest of the characters take a journey in Daddy Pig’s bus to a school camp, where they sing around a campfire and then stay awake past their bedtime in their tents. My grandson was astounded by the campfire, which is so realistic that he was concerned that they might get burned. The puppeteers display the creatures of the night, frogs, fireflies, bats and owls to the great delight of the children. Of course, when morning comes along, it has been raining which means just one thing – jumping in muddle puddles! The entire audience laughed and shrieked with delight when water was squirted over us by the performers.
There is so much audience interaction in this show that it is an absolute delight, from singing, dancing and clapping along with the performers. The puppets and the costumes are extremely realistic, and the voices are identical to the ones in the TV show.
This is a lovely show, ideal for entertaining little ones during the holidays. It comprises of two half hour sets with an interval of about twenty minutes so small children will not have chance to become restless. Both Oliver and I had a really enjoyable afternoon watching Peppa Pig and her friends.
Tickets cost from £16.50 to £23.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000