Sunday, 22 November 2015

Up and Out Christmas Sprout at Northern Stage

It is always a much anticipated day when we go to Northern Stage for their under 6's show, we've been to every one since 2006 and I have no plans to stop!

This years offering tells the tale of Willie Sprout, (Tom Isted) who 'knows his limits' he doesn't like change, or new things. He won't even give up his 'old, small, saggy bottom' pyjamas! His Dad knows that actually the sky is the limit for Willie but how can he convince him?

Cue Hether Grether and the magical Snow Dragon Egg..
Willie is running out of time to get the Dragon Egg back to its rightful place, will he make it? Watch out for some enthusiastic and very funny 'Snagpies' they want your shiny things, and prepare to tap your feet clap your hands and join in with some singing!

The show is amazing it's fast paced and filled with adventure and a truly uplifting story for anyone who's ever had doubts about their capabilities, a perfect lesson for any little (or big) person.

Karen Traynor is a perfect choice for the under 6s show the kids just love her and she is always a joy to watch, Hannah Goudie plays several characters with seamless changes and brilliant accents and we were all taken with Willies Dad (Tim Dalling) who is just lovely and plays so many fantastic instruments through the show AND  he even let us try on his hat!

We all loved his soft shoe shuffle dance and ukulele number! And Willie? Well everyone in the auditorium was rooting for him, cheering him on and encouraging him with no prompting from the performers. He had all of our hearts and my eldest was keen to let him know he was the difference at the end! He had her convinced he'd become a brave explorer for sure!

The Northern Stage team always seem to hit the nail spot on with this little show, the set is beautifully simple and as always cleverly designed to take you along on an airborne adventure. The songs are catchy the costumes are brilliantly made and the story is perfectly written to hold completely the attention of your little ones. We were a party of 5, 2 adults, and children ages 2,5 and nearly 7 and we each loved it equally.

Now I have a 'no Christmas decoration before December' rule in our house but honestly we could have come home and put up the tree after this show it is a full on festive frolic and you shouldn't miss it! If you love Christmas go see it, if you are feeling a lack of festive spirit go see it, if you have little people under 8 go see it, in fact if you are human just GO SEE IT! But be quick tickets sell out fast, book online or call 0191 2305151

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