We went to see the stage play for children based on Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard book at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. The play is currently on tour and we were lucky to “catch it”. Both kids adore the British author Julia Donaldson, so we thought it would be a good play to go and see. Overall? Loved it. The characters were creative and funny. Big thumbs up and highly recommended.
- approx 50min
- 3yrs +
If you are not familiar with the “What the Ladybird Heard” heard book – the story is simple: there is a farm, with some farmyard animals. They do what animals do, the cow says moo, the horse says neigh and so on. One day, the ladybird overheard two robbers planning to steal the prize cow… they would use the location of the animals to guide them to her. The ladybird tells the other animals and they plan to stop the robbers……
What we though:
The play was wonderfully executed – a good mixture of “audience participation” and telling of the story (it did confuse my youngest briefly why the actors where talking to the audience and asking people to come and join them on stage, but she soon got over that). My 6yrs old was giggling his way through the play and loved all the antics. I loved the creativity behind the farm yard animals (a horse made from a bicycle, a goose made from a watering can) and the quirkiness of the play. Lots of singing and fun.
Would my husband have enjoyed it? I think he would have!
Did the kids at the theatre enjoy it? Absolutely. They loved it and joined in with shouting for the ladybird and had lots of giggles.
Likeability of characters – 10/ 10 (the robbers in particularly were brilliant)
General story line – 10/10 (if you like the book, you will like the plot as they are the same!)
The Ending – 9/10 (a 9 only because the kids wanted to see the policemen! Ha!)
Absolutely loved this Julia Donaldson play and recommend it to ANYONE that is a fan of hers and has younger kids.