Peppa Pig’s Adventure

June 30, 2018 | By | Reply More

★★★★☆   Toddlertastic

Kings Theatre: Sat 30 June – Sun 1 July 2018
Review by Natalie Walker

The average age of the audience for Peppa Pig’s Adventure – at the King’s Theatre this weekend and on tour – has to be about three.

But given the noise level throughout this short and fun new show, each and every toddler is captivated by the experience.

Peppa Pig's Adventure - Daisy (Bronte Tadman),George Pig, Pedro Pony, Peppa PIg and Suzy Sheep (c) Dan Tsantilis

Bronte Tadman with George Pig, Pedro Pony, Peppa PIg and Suzy Sheep. Pic: Dan Tsantilis

It is a lovely sunny day and Daisy (the only human in the show) arrives at school – but can not find her classmates. Slowly, with the eager young audiences help. she manages to track down Gerald Giraffe, Suzy Sheep and Pedro Pony before managing to convince George and (the main attraction, obviously) Peppa to join her.

Before long we are transported to our favourite cartoon pal’s school room with a life-size Madame Gazelle ready to take class. The group learn how to play some musical instruments – all the while the audience are taught how to clap and shake their over eager hands and arms in the air.



Mummy and Daddy Pig soon arrive to join in the fun – also life size and drawing lots of squeals of delightful recognition.

The sun was blaring on this summers day in the Capital – but inside the King’s the wee ones were being just as dazzled. Every time the Peppa puppet spoke there were yelps of delight and a sea of thrilled kids waving their hands at their porky heroine.

interaction

Daisy, played by Bronte Tadman, is the thread to the show, constantly seeking and getting interaction with the crowd with lots of actions and songs. Before long she is busy rounding up her cuddly looking school friends into a bus driven by Daddy Pig to take them on an adventure.

Peppa Pig's Adventure cast - off on an adventure

The cast of Peppa Pig’s Adventure. Pic: Dan Tsantilis

The second half finds Peppa and co at a campsite. Pig-tailed Daisy makes their packed lunches – managing to feed some ducks and sing a few songs before bedtime.

As night falls four life size tents appear and the crew are urged to sleep. Well of course they are  too excited for slumber. Clever lighting shows the characters silhouetted in tents and we hear them chat about how it is too noisy for them to sleep.

They all emerge and are told by an always smiling Daisy they need to dream about things to help them sleep. Cue a darkened stage and lots of neon props in dream bubbles.

One of the highlights is watching the puppet handlers (clad head to toe in black who push the life size puppets about on wheels while voicing the characters) fly creatures in the sky –  bats, frogs, owls and very effective fireflies which seem to take over the entire theatre.

water guns

Another fun bit is when the schoolmates awake and find out it is raining – time for their boots and the audience being squirted from the sides with water guns. The surge of water is not enough to make you wet, more you get a wee feeling of water. The crew behind this imaginative show got that spot on – although my wee girl (three) was sad there were no actual real muddy puddles to be seen…

The cast of Peppa Pig's Adventure. Pic: Dan Tsantilis

The cast of Peppa Pig’s Adventure. Pic: Dan Tsantilis

This really is the perfect show for pre-school kids. It’s a squirting, snorting and fast paced hour which brings lots of the best elements of the TV show to stage including the music, most of the popular and famous songs (such as the Bing Bong Song) and recognisable voices.

It takes a little time to get used to seeing puppeteers standing behind all the characters on wheeled bases and moving their flapping arms and mouths. But it is more the parents and grandparents whose eyes are drawn to this than the wee ones – who were mesmerised by seeing their favourite characters live.

It is a very simple show, with simple songs and routines and predictable phrases from the sweet, if slightly basic, puppets. The sets are simple. The content is unoriginal. But that is what makes this so effective when your audience is so young. This is fast-paced, colourful fun. And for the older members of the audience it is over before you know it.

Running time: 1 hour (including one interval)
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Saturday 30 June/Sunday 1 July 2018
Three times daily: 10am, 1pm & 4pm.
Tickets and details: www.capitaltheatres.com/peppapig

Tour website: http://peppapiglive.com/home.php
Facebook: @peppapigliveuk

Peppa Pig’s Adventure on tour 2018:
Sat 30 Jun – Sun 1 Jul Edinburgh
King’s Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
Wed 4 – Thur 5 Jul Aberdeen
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
Sat 7 – Sun 8 Jul Inverness
Eden Court
01463 234234 Book online
Sat 14 – Sun 15 Jul Glasgow
King’s Theatre
0844 871 7648 Book online
Tue 17 – Wed 18 Jul Nottingham
Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555 Book online
Sat 21 – Sun 22 Jul Liverpool
Empire
0844 871 3017 Book online
Wed 25 – Thu 26 Jul Skegness
Embassy Theatre
01507 613100 Book online
Sat 28 – Sun 29 Jul Swindon
Wyvern Theatre
01793 524481 Book online
Wed 8 – Thu 9 Aug Worthing
Pavilion Theatre
01903 206 206 Book online
Sat 11 – Sun 12 Aug Plymouth
Pavilions
0333 772 7727 Book online
Wed 15 – Thu 16 Aug Salford
The Lowry
0843 208 6010 Book online
Sat 18 – Sun 19 Aug Buxton
Opera House
01298 72190 Book online
Wed 22 – Thu 23 Aug Newcasatle
Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21 Book online
Fri 24 – Sat 25 Aug Hoddesdon
The Spotlight
01992 441946 Book online
Tue 28 – Wed 29 Aug Coventry
Belgrade Theatre
024 7655 3055 Book online
Sat 1 – Sun 2 Sep Hull
New Theatre
01482 300 306 Book online
Sat 8 – Sun 9 Sep Northampton
Royal & Derngate
01604 624811 Book online
Wed 12 – Thu 13 Sep Mansfield
Palace Theatre
01623 633133 Book online
Sat 15 – Sun 16 Sep Reading
The Hexagon
0118 960 6060 Book online
Tue 18 – Wed 19 Sep Norwich
Theatre Royal
01603 630000 Book online
Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sep Swansea
Grand Theatre
01792 475715 Book online
Wed 26 – Thu 27 Sep Peterborough
Broadway Theatre
01733 306071 Book online
Sat 29 – Sun 30 Sep Hayes
Beck Theatre
020 8561 8371 Book online
Sat 6 – Sun 7 Oct Preston
Charter Theatre
01772 80 44 44 Book online
Wed 10 – Thu 11 Oct Bromley
Churchill Theatre
020 3285 6000 Book online
Sat 13 – Sun 14 Oct Gravesend
The Woodville
08442 439 480 Book online
Tue 16 – Wed 17 Oct Loughborough
Town Hall
01509 231914 Book online
Sat 20 – Sun 21 Oct Stevenage
Gordon Craig Theatre
01438 363200 Book online
Wed 24 – Thu 25 Oct Basingstoke
The Anvil
01256 844244 Book online
Fri 26 – Sat 27 Oct Eastbourne
Devonshire Park Theatre
01323 412 000 Book online
Wed 31 Oct – Thu 1 Nov Chesterfield
Pomegranate Theatre
01246 345 222 Book online
Fri 2 – Sat 3 Nov Radlett
The Radlett Centre
01923859291 Book online
Wed 7 – Thu 8 Nov Woking
New Victoria Theatre
0844 8717645 Book online
Sat 10 – Sun 11 Nov Dunfermline
Alhambra Theatre
01383 740 384 Book online
Wed 14 – Thu 15 Nov Malvern
Forum Theatre
01684 892277 Book online
Sat 17 – Sun 18 Nov Wellingborough
Castle Theatre
01933 270007 Book online

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