10-13 April 2014
Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
As a child me and my siblings loved watching the Scooby-Doo cartoon series throughout the 70s. I have watched it through the 80s and 90s with my own children and now enjoy the Mystery Inc. gang with my grandchildren. So you can imagine how excited myself and three younger companions were to be invited to The Lowry in Manchester for the opening night of Scooby-Doo and The Mystery of the Pyramid.
The audience was buzzing as we all took our seats, the music playing was a mixture of One Direction, Lady Gaga and other popular groups which everybody seemed to love singing and dancing along to as we waited for the start of the show. The music faded and the signature Scooby-Doo theme tune begins to play as the curtain goes up and there are mummies dancing around the stage. Within seconds the groovy teens arrive in the Mystery Machine to screams and shrills of delight. From that moment on it is a non-stop high energy action packed fun night.
The cast bring the cartoon characters Shaggy, Freddie, Velma, Daphne and of course everybody’s favourite Great Dane Scooby-Doo to live perfectly. The trademark costumes are bright and exactly as you see on screen. Scooby-Doo is fantastic a loveable cuddly big teddy bear type costume makes him even more adorable. All have the voices and mannerisms of to a tee especially Shaggy, I thought he was fantastic and deserves a special mention. The sets are vibrant and the musical numbers are well choreographed and easily remembered. The youngest two members of our party were singing them and doing the actions all the way home in the car!
The plot is simple as you would expect with the usual baddies trying to get one over on the gang. Can they solve the mystery and find the hidden treasure without being turned to stone. As the title suggests it is set in Egypt with Pyramids, Mummies and a camp complete with a smoking campfire – at one point Scooby has a snooze and lies right on the fire this caused a bit of concern in our party and I’d suggest in future Scooby-Doo could be a little more careful?
Throughout the show audience participation is encouraged and on numerous occasions the cast come down from the stage and among the crowd much to the delight of the children (OK, I have to admit it maybe some of us adults too). There is a lot of “it’s behind you” and pantomime antics involved. The whole cast running around chasing each other is very comical.
All’s well in the end and those pesky kids solve the whodunnit- well what else would you expect?
The finale is a sing-along of the numbers from the show. The Mystery Machine makes another appearance and everybody joins in singing and clapping along.
At just over 90 minutes long little ones don’t get bored and wriggly. I would say it is a great show for all ages. Last night the age range was from 2-80 and we all left with a smile on our face.
Scooby-Doo Live is touring all over the UK until the end of August. Catch it when it arrives in your area it is a brilliant family night out. Scooby-Dooby-Doo where are you?? (next)! For more information and tour dates visit www.scoobydoo-live.com.
Tickets cost £22.50 (includes £2 booking fee).
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 | Box Office 0843 208 6000