7-12 April 2015
Reviewed by Sarah-Kate Cantlie
This afternoon I took my mother in law and young son to see Room on the Broom at the Lowry in Manchester, this production being based on one of the Julia Donaldson books that my son is currently fascinated by. The Lowry is a lovely little theatre that my satnav had no issues directing me to and the car park is very handily next door, so no fruitless driving round the busy city for a car parking space. We collected our tickets and the box office staff were lovely and gave us directions to the show. When we got to the seating entrance another very polite gentleman showed us to the seats, which were on the first tier and had a perfect view, this seems to be true of all the seats in this cosy little theatre. Shortly after we arrived another family came in and it turned out they had made a mistake and missed the production they had tickets for at an earlier showing, however unlike at other venues where this would be tough luck, at the Lowry the seating gentleman tried to find some unoccupied seats and accommodate this unfortunate lot, which was really lovely to see.
The book itself is a lively illustrative short story and I fully expected this production to be similar in energy. I was not at all disappointed, the production is well thought out, with a slow start that is perfect for allowing the younger members of the audience to settle, before really getting into the thick of it. The 4 member cast of this production do a fabulous job of bringing each of the characters and puppets to life, most impressive of all, the dog or perhaps even the frog, both had me chortling along on several occasions. There are lots of songs and even a little audience participation, combined; this seemed able to keep even my young sons attention, which is no mean feat.
I would highly recommend this delightfully energetic and comical production of an excellent book, with the BBC’s successful animated showing over Christmas, there was some high quality material to stand up to, which was superbly done and personally I think it is good enough that it would be equally as delightful to see a second or third time, so hopefully by the time my daughter is 3 this might come back to the Lowry and I can enjoy a repeat performance.
Tickets cost from £10 to £13 (includes £2 booking fee).
Room on the Broom is at The Lowry in Manchester until 12 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000