Stockbridge P3 review the BFG part 3

Dec 16 2014 | By More

The final instalment of real punters’ opinions!

Here are the last nine reviews of the BFG, written by the six- and seven-year-old children of class P3 following Stockbridge Primary’s school trip to see the Lyceum’s Christmas show, 2014.

Dancing teacher in a dream. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Dancing teacher in a dream. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Some of the children drew pictures too. It has been a fascinating process, from explaining what a review is to reading the final words and finding out what the children picked out as important and how they presented it. These reviews are from Nicholas to Zac. The first 18 reviews are on the two previous pages.

✭✭✭✭✭ A brilliant comedy
In the story of the BFG a girl called Sophie lives in an orphanage dormitory. She gets snatched from her bed during the witching hour when all the dark things come out of their hiding places and everyone is in a deep sleep and she gets carried away to giant country. Sophie thinks that she is going to get eaten but she does not. What I liked about the show was that some moments were scary, exciting and sad. A moment that was scary was when the BFG was going to be pulled into a pit with all the other nasty giants. An exciting moment was when it was the the end and the BFG had to go back home. An exciting moment was when the BFG went to dream country.

✭✭✭✭½ Spectacular sensational show
Sophie was in bed lying with her eyes wide open when a big person came clomping down the street carrying a suitcase and a long trumpet. He peered in every window. It was the witching hour so why would anybody be outside. He peered into the next door’s window and took out something from his suitcase. What could it be? He picked up the trumpet and blew something inside, then suddenly turned around. Sophie hid under her blankets. The big tall man picked her up and ran far far away taking strides as long as tennis courts. Finally he came to a vast cave.

Noah's drawing of the BFG

Noah’s drawing of the BFG

I liked the music because it was funny. I liked the bubbles because I popped them. It was the witching hour. When it was the witching hour, the BFG came to snatch Sophie.

✭✭✭✭✭ A sensational super-dooper show!
In the story Sophie is taken to a cave by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Some characters are The Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, Man Hugger (all bad giants), the BFG (a good giant), Sophie, Doll Sophie, head of the army, head of the air force, the Queen of England, the Queen of Sweden, Mary. I liked the show because it was funny because of the characters. I think the characters were funny because one was scratching his bottom with a drumstick and another went “yes sow!” because he hit his head. I think it went well because the scene was good when the house went round.

✭✭✭✭✭ Whizzdazzling whizzpopping fantastic show
Once there was a girl called Sophie and she got taken by the BFG at the witching hour and he ran through fields and every step was as big as five tennis courts and finally he got back to his cave. Sophie was really scared. At his cave there were scary monsters. I liked the way they blew bubbles because it felt magical and the way the actors acted. I loved it. What I didn’t like about the story was the BFG left to go home because it was sad.

The BFG by Rohan

The BFG by Rohan

✭✭✭✭✭ A whizzwhizzing show!
Sophie meets the BFG and traps the other giants.
I think the book is better because you get to think more.
I think the bubbles worked because they felt comforting.

Once there was a  little girl called Sophie. She was in her bed. The moon shone on her pillow. The BFG kidnapped Sophie and they became friends and they went on an adventure. I enjoyed popping bubbles. The puppets were good at acting because they practised. I think there were too many puppets.

Once upon a time there was a girl called Sophie who got kidnapped by the BFG.
This may be suitable for five and over. It is made with loads of made up words. I would give this five stars it was perfect. The one tincy wincy thing I maybe didn’t like was the dreams.

✭✭✭✭✭ Wonderful whizzpopping show
Well, Sophie was in a dormitory in the witching hour. Sophie couldn’t sleep. So she went out and saw the giant and he took her away. The characters are the BFG, Sophie, Bloodbottler, Mr Tibbs, Fleshlumpeater. I liked how the giants talked. I didn’t like the Fleshlump giant because he ate the most humans. The bubbles worked in dream country. It wasn’t all good because not all the characters are in the story.


The BFG (running time: 1 hour 40 minutes including interval)
Royal Lyceum Theatre, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX
Friday 28 November – Saturday 3 January 2015
Wed-Sat 7pm; Sat: 2.00pm.
Full details and tickets on the Lyceum website:

The 27 reviews written by the P3 pupils are arranged alphabetically over three pages:

From Alfie to Freddie: P3’s BFG reviews part one;
From Grace to Millie: P3’s BFG reviews part two;
From Nicholas to Zac: P3’s BFG reviews part three.

Susan Lowes’ review for Æ is here:


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