I’m not sure whether it was brave or foolish but on Friday I took all three children to the theatre on my own. When the tickets were originally booked we had planned for Dave to have the day off however his leave is dwindling and needs to be saved for working on the extension.
I can’t say I wasn’t nervous about our adventure but I knew it was going to be worth it. I’ve not been to Stockport before but The Plaza Stockport was easy to find and we parked in the nearby shopping centre. The Plaza is a beautiful venue – all 1920s Art Deco, it feels like such a special place to be!
Of course, whilst I had told Ben and Chloe we were going to see a show, I hadn’t given them any clues whatsoever about what we were going to watch – the van parked outside might have given them a big hint though . . .
I’ve said before that we are very much a CBeebies household and in all honesty I don’t think we’ve ever had CITV on in our house so Ben and Chloe aren’t exactly well versed in who Sooty even is. I explained it was a TV programme that Mummy used to watch when she was a little girl and they were happy with that.
Not knowing who the characters were had absolutely no effect on their enjoyment of The Sooty Show whatsoever. From the moment the lights went down and the curtains went up they were both absolutely enthralled. Any concerns I had about sitting in the theatre with three children to be responsible for completely evaporated as even Amy was entranced by the lights, music and general activity on the stage in front of her. The look on Ben and Chloe’s faces as they watched the excitement unfold on stage was priceless – Ben was utterly absorbed in the show and I was impressed that he remembered to jump up and dance every time the door bell rang (I had completely forgotten every time!) The regular interludes of physical activity meant they were never sat still in their seats too long – perfectly well thought out for the young audience. Although we’ve never taken Ben and Chloe to a pantomime before they soon picked up on the very traditional “Oh no it isn’t” type chorus response and it was such a pleasure to see them getting so involved. I think, at 5, Ben was the perfect age for the show. Chloe, once again, demonstrated that she’s really not keen on slapstick or getting wet but aside from a few wobbles she did really enjoy herself.
Although the majority of my own enjoyment of the show came from watching Ben and Chloe taking such delight in the performance, I can’t say I wasn’t laughing out loud myself for much of the show – there were plenty of cheeky comments made for the benefit of the parents which went completely over the children’s heads. The odd slip up on stage too made for much hilarity.
I have to say my favourite bit of the whole show was watching Sweep dancing to Gangnam Style in his cool shades – I was almost crying with laughter.
At the end of the show you are invited to queue up and have your picture taken with Richard and Sooty – I’m particularly pleased to say that this was free of charge. Despite the fact we were basically at the very back of a long queue it was well organised and moved pretty quickly. The only downside was that the queue was positioned in such a way as to move past the merchandise stall which led to a good five minute “discussion” about the fact that I would not be buying Ben a light up wand as I didn’t have any money with me (and in fact if I had got enough money with me I would have much preferred to have bought one of the Sooty, Sweep or Sue puppets which were on sale for £12)
If you get the chance to see The Sooty Show when it arrives in your local area then do! It’s great fun!
*Disclaimer – We were provided with tickets for the show free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are my own*