Monday, 22 June 2015

Review: The Tiger Who Came To Tea at The Epstein Theatre

We were so excited to go and see The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool last week. This would be the first production that we would attend as a family off five and we couldn't wait. I have visited the Epstein before - I love how intimate and cosy the venue is - you really feel part of the action. When it comes to children's productions I feel that is particularly important, especially if there is a bit of audience participation - it's great when the kids feel involved.

We hadn't taken Rosie to the theatre before. She was two in March so we have been a bit reluctant to take her anywhere she has to sit for a long time. However, The Tiger Who Came to Tea was a short and entertaining production - we all loved it and Rosie sat and watched in awe for almost all of the play. The last five minutes she spent at the back with Warren holding her as she had started to make a run for the stage - but that's our Rosie for you!

The Play

The play was based on the well-loved children's book The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. To my shame we didn't actually own the book (house full of books and imagine us not having this one!) However, Alice was familiar with it through school so she was so excited to go.

The play starred three main characters, Mummy, Daddy and Sophie. Of course there was also the Tiger - and the play added in a few extra characters who did not get a speaking part in the book, such as the milk man and the boy from the shop. The costumes were amazing - exactly the same as in the book and the acting was energetic and fun. We particularly enjoyed the tiger's dancing scenes and the audience participation that came along with that! Alice and Rosie were dancing along - it was a lot of fun. We also loved the stage direction as the tiger "magically" eats all the food in the kitchen and much to Rosie's amusement "drinks all of Daddy's beer." The sing-along with the family and the kids was also a lot of fun - Alice still sings this at home!

What we did do after the play was purchase the book. Alice and Rosie absolutely love it, and reading the words brings back good memories of our day at the Epstein.

I would definitely recommend taking your kids to this theatre. It is small enough to feel comfortable, but large enough for the acoustics and music to sound perfect. 

The Epstein have Cinderella playing over Christmas - we are looking forward to this already!

We were given press tickets free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are my own.

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