I didn’t think twice before signing the kids up to this one. After all it’s right up our street. An hour long theatre production of a traditional fairy tale written specially for the under 6s, and in our local town no less, at The Rose Theatre. I would have gone on my own! This morning however there were nerves from the little one. When we arrived at the theatre there were more nerves from more little ones.
WHAT IF THE BIG BAD WOLF EATS ME?!
Thankfully the creative team behind Captcha Theatre’s Production of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ were all over it. Yes the wolf was big, and bad, but he was accompanied by a hilarious Pixie with pointy ears and some killer one liners that had both kids and adults rolling with laughter. Disaster averted, we could sit back and watch the madcap fun safe in the knowledge that the wolf & his side kick appeared to lack the competence to catch a sausage, let alone a whole pig!
The show very much follows the traditional tale but has a few extra characters to help the story along the way. They use a clever mix of puppets and real life characters to bring the tale to life. The incredibly well made and operated puppets steal the show somewhat but the real life characters help to hold the whole story together and keep the show interactive and reactive which is essential with such a young audience.
But what really made this production stand out is that this team of ladies clearly understand their audience. I was impressed that Captcha had created a show very much for kids which included adults rather than playing to the adults and leaving the kids behind. You would think that would be obvious in a kids show, but time and time again I see theatre for the under 6s which has more content for adults than the kids. It’s a subtlety that makes the difference between kids concentrating for the whole show or kids getting tetchy 30 minutes in.
As soon as the show finished the stage was invaded by kids. The cast came straight out armed with as many puppets as they could carry and spoke to every single child. You can’t get better than that.
Captcha’s Three Little Pigs is a brilliantly tasty bacon sandwich of fun and laughter for little ones with a big dollop of comedy ketchup for grown-ups thrown in. This local theatre company are really starting to find their feet and certainly deserve your support as their next show in the Autumn is sure to be well worth a watch.
For more information see their website www.captchatheatre.co.uk
I’ll make sure to put updates of their work on the Story Storks Facebook page too.
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SARAH CANTRILL is a woman on a mission to inspire every young child to become a reader for pleasure. She is the Artistic Director & Founder of STORY STORKS, a social enterprise that delivers interactive story workshops to early years children and their grown ups, that help kids to fall in love with stories and develop their early language skills meaning that they have an easier time of learning to read when the time is right. Infact 80% of the kids who come through STORY STORKS are right where they should be or ahead in terms of progression through the reading book scheme once they get to school and the ones who are behind are trying hard because they know that it’s worth it – that to read is to unlock a whole world of fun and adventure and learning and imagination and they might take a bit longer to get there but they’re determined that get there they will.