12 April 2014
Reviewed by Jemma Clark
Wow!! What can I say? This experience was seamless from the beginning. I have always loved going to the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh. Its character and ornate design is just stunning to say the least. I do however worry that the service at the smaller theatres won’t match that of the larger stages, such as the playhouse, but there was no need to worry. The box office staff were so organised and helpful that we were in and seated within minutes. It was my daughters 4thbirthday so she was very excited for her treat to see Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Live on Stage. One thing that stood out was how all the staff rushed around to make sure all the kids could see with boosted seats and that everyone was happy before the show started. Wonderful.
The show opened to a cheer of happy little voices as the character of Daisy greeted them from the stage. She was so enthusiastic and her cheery disposition was completely infectious. She kept the kids involved and really contented as she introduced all the much loved characters. I had expected people dressed in costumes but that wasn’t the case. Instead the show was smaller puppets manned by puppeteers’ dressed in black and standing very visibly on the stage holding them and doing the voices. I thought this might ruin the illusion for the children but not at all!! As the show went on it was very apparent that your focus naturally went to the puppets. It was so well done. The set itself was very well done and very quickly changed. It was cleverly put together so the scenes were transformed in an instant, transporting the little imaginations from gardens to school and then to a school fete. The colours were so vibrant and familiar for all the Peppa Pig fans.
The whole way through the cast were engaging with the children making it effortless to keep them interested for the full hour and half. Molly was dancing in the isles the whole way to the end. What a great birthday for her.
I would definitely recommend this show for all parents and kiddies. It was a fantastic show.
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is currently touring the UK, for more information and tour dates visit www.peppapiglive.com.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | Box Office 0131 529 6000