Little Button couldn’t wait to go on her first ever trip to the theatre and I have to admit that I was super excited too. Not only because this outing would hopefully mark the beginning of Little Buttons love for theatre, but also because Julia Donaldson is our absolute favourite children’s author.
In preparation for the big day we re-read the award-winning picture book ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and talked about what we might see at the theatre. If you haven’t read the book yet (where have you been?!), it’s about the adventures of a curious little Gruffalo who goes into the woods in search of a mouse.
‘The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should, ever set foot in the deep dark wood’
There is a fabulous trailer which I found really prepared Little Button for the show as you get to hear the main theme song ’Stick with me’ and see how the stage is set. She loved it so much that we had it on repeat a couple of days before going. I can’t get the song out of my head even now (in a good way)… now it’s plain to see, there’s a stick with me, and by your side’s my favourite place to be… hmmm hmmhmm.
The Rose Theatre in Kingston is very child friendly. We were greeted by a lovely lady handing out free programmes and Gruffalo’s Child stickers much to Little Buttons delight. Once inside, we headed to the theatre cafe and enjoyed drinks and ‘mouse biscuits’ delicious!
I couldn’t help myself and ended up buying a Gruffalo’s Child flag and little ‘mouse’ soft toy, but you will be pleased to know that these were somewhat discreetly displayed and not forced onto unsuspecting parents.
‘The Gruffalo’s Child was feeling brave, so she tiptoed out of the gruffalo cave’
Once inside, we found the seating was brilliant in the stalls and we had clear views of the stage.
‘Mouse’ gently starts the show and instantly draws you into the story. She acts as a fantastic narrator, setting the pace and quite possibly stealing the show! During the scary bits, Little Button kept checking to see ‘Mouse’s’ reaction. I could see she was then reassured that everything would be OK.
Awwww ‘Mouse’ you star!
Surprisingly there was only a cast of 3, however, the production felt full and brimming with life. I thought that the ‘Gruffalo’s Child’ character was a dynamic bundle of joy to watch and really captured the essence of the story.
Little Button had an amazing time joining in with clapping and flapping. The interactive element helped to keep the little ones interested and by the end there were smiles all round.
I knew we had a winner when Little Button turned to me to whisper…I love it!
This production is aimed at 3 year olds and upwards. When did you first take your little one to the theatre and what did you see?