Tiddler, Leicester Square Theatre, London. August 2015.
After the somewhat disappointmenting Hamlet I was looking forward to my next play - after all a weekend in London when you only see one thing is a waste!
After abandoning Rebecca for a couple of hours I met my sister and nephew in Leicester Square for our trip to see Tiddler and other tales. The outing didn't start that well as the toilets were out of order at the theatre and at a show full of under 7s the last thing you want is long queues for the one cubicle that was available. Credit to the staff as they did get people sorted and the play started almost on time.
It was a wonderful hour of theatre. Three talented actors with unlimited energy told the stories of Monkey Puzzle, A Squash and A Squeeze, The Smartest Giant in Town and the eponymous Tiddler. The tales blended seamlessly into each other and there was just the right amount of imagination needed to fill out the stories, who in their past hasn't turned cushions into animals to help act out a story?
The source material from Julia Donaldson obviously helps but with the aid of puppets, shadows and songs I, along with pretty much the whole audience, was captivated throughout. Although clearly for children there were just a few jokes - visual and spoken - just for the grown ups in the theatre and these really made the outing for me.
I love good children's theatre, and going with my nephew is a real treat as he is always spellbound by what he sees on stage. Extra special congratulations to the cast member who completed the whole thing with her arm in a plaster cast.
Huge thanks to my sister who treated me to my ticket - and next time dad, you really should see if there are any spare seats because you missed a real treat!