Reviewed by Ann Durrell
The Owl and The Pussycat is a production by Full House Theatre based on the unfinished poem ‘The Children of the Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear. The story behind the show is based on where, what and who our family really are.
The tale starts with Jumblie and Quangle Wangle Quee who want to turn their family from a two into a three. Offered a baby Owlycat, wrapped in a five pound note, they take her in as their own. As Owlycat grows she becomes curious about where she came from so along with Jumblie and Quangle Wangle Quee, the three go on a journey to dolomphious land where the bong tree grows.
I headed along with my three and a half year old, although it is recommended for 4+. My little boy was transfixed on the stage from the moment the play started. Jumblie, with his bright green clothes (and glasses) and Quangle Wangle Quee with his flowery headdress are energetic and bouncy, just the right balance for a young audience. Owlycat is smiley and endearing with her furry legs, tail and owls wing. The play is full of songs and storytelling, enough to keep the entire audience in their seats, which for an audience of pre-schoolers is quite a feat! I thought The Owl and the Pussycat was imaginative and charming, from his giggles it was the pig with a ring on his nose puppet which when down the best with my little boy. The show lasts for an hour which is just about right, any longer and I find that the concentration goes for young audiences.
It was a lovely way to spend an hour together with the family on Father’s Day and I would recommend it to other young families.
For more information and tour dates visit fullhouse.org.uk.
For other shows The Lowry in Manchester visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000