Reviewed by Gemma Ingham
I took my nearly 5 year old daughter to see the legends of children’s tv, Dick and Dom on the Bradford stop of their first live tour (11 April 2017). My daughter was thrilled as she loves copying their hilarious ‘bogies’ sketch, which does wear a bit thin when she’s doing it for the millionth time out in public!
We’ve visited The Alhambra at Bradford a few times, and as always it was clean and inviting. The staff are always helpful, there is plentiful parking nearby, it is near to public transport and easy to access by car.
I mainly remember Dick and Dom from children’s TV from back in the 90’s and 00’s. Their career has spanned over 20 years with their most memorable show probably being ‘Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow’. As well as TV, they have branched out into radio, stage, pantomime, Butlin’s tours, and have even won a BAFTA for one of their more recent shows ‘Absolute Genius’. So to be honest, I had pretty high expectations for the live show. It did not disappoint.
The comedy duo burst onto stage and proceeded to delight and entertain the audience of kids and grown ups alike. There were of course, silly gags and sketches along with some just downright silly words. There was always something for the grown ups to laugh at though such as sly nods to the current bashing they’ve had in the press or hints at jokes that only adults should understand!
Audience participation in the show was high, as I expected it would be, and thankfully I was sat right in the middle of a row so was very low risk of being picked on for anything! A few parents weren’t so lucky and found themselves in some odd predicaments involving ketchup and blenders, or paper bags and boxing gloves. Some children were also invited up on stage, which is when things started to get a tad messy.
The show was fantastic fun, my daughter was thrilled and really got into the swing of it. As for me, it was lovely to just sit and laugh at pure childish silliness for an hour or so. I would highly rate the show and give it 5 out of 5.
Dick & Dom are currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit dickndom.co.uk.
For other shows at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000