We head to Cardiff for Pops very first theatre experience, were going to see The Gruffalo’s Child at The New Theatre.
We were told to get there early to pick up tickets so we made sure we did just that, picked up the tickets and went off to pass the time in the centre. Pops really wanted to go on the big carousel that’s in the middle of city centre so her and MM did just that.
The new Theatre is right by all the shops, really close to transport links and parking so it’s really easy to get to which is perfect if you have kids.
The theatre itself is so cute and the staff were lovely! It was so busy when entering for the start of the show so I’d definitely suggest getting to that bit early or even holding back a little while people go in. They had set up a free pram cloakroom check which was brilliant but I’m not sure how secure it was so I wouldn’t suggest leaving anything in the pram that you would miss (not that I think something would go missing but you can never be too safe)
They had a little mixture of Gruffalo things on sale including these adorable Gruffalo on stick which cost £3.50. Pops didn’t seem overly fussed about them thankfully, as I don’t think I would have wanted to pay that amount whilst knowing that she would only get bored after 5 minutes, I did notice a lot of older kids had them and really seemed to enjoy them!
We walked in to a lovely little Theatre which was pretty full already. It was a lot smaller than other theatres that I’ve been to which I LOVED. I think from anywhere inside the theatre you’d still feel really close and part of the action.
The set was moved around during the show and apart from costume changes, no extra bits were used to create the scene which was so good.
We waited for the room to fill and pretty much bang on 4.30 (I didn’t check my phone but MM did) they started… which is so good for restless toddlers/kids.
I was so impressed with the 3 actors, the show and the whole theatre experience. The show included singing and lots of audience participation which was so fun for the kids. It was easy to follow as there wasn’t too much going on at one time and it was so true to the book, I think lovers of the book would be happy but I wouldn’t say you needed to have read the book first. Running time is 55 min approx and has no intervals.
There was a few moments when Pop’s would get scared, mainly when the Gruffalo would snore but overall she loved the show so much and throughout you would hear the amazing sound of children’s laughter. The show was really funny (they even had a few jokes only us adults would get) and each character was played (by 1 of the 3) really well.
I would definitely recommend The Gruffalo’s Child as a great family Theatre experience, I think I may have enjoyed it more than most of the kids 🙈
If you’re interested in going to see it there’s a bunch of places left on the tour. Hopefully some are near you, head over to check for tickets and locations here. If you can’t make it to the show and haven’t heard of the Gruffalo or his child, get the books… they’re a great read. The films are on Netflix too if you fancy watching them.
Do you like the books? Have you been to see the show? We’d love to hear what you think… leave a comment below!
Our tickets were given complimentary for the purpose of this post, all opinions are our own.
Until the next post,
Are and Pops.