5-9 July 2016
Reviewed by Tracey Flintham
Last night I went to see Gangsta Granny at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford with my nine year old daughter. This is the stage adaptation of the book Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Unlike my nine year old, I had never read the book and had no idea what to expect from this production!
Gangsta Granny tells the story of Ben and his Granny. Whilst Friday night may be the highlight of Granny’s week it is viewed very differently by eleven year old Ben who dreads every Friday night when his parents go out dancing and leave him to stay over with Granny who likes cabbage a lot and can incorporate cabbage into any meal, sweet or savoury. One day Ben finds an old biscuit tin which contains lots of jewels and over the next few Friday’s we start to learn more about Granny and where she stumbled upon these jewels. Rather than dreading his Friday night we start to see Ben looking forward to it as much as Granny does and together they come up with an elaborate plan to steal the most famous jewels in the world, the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Will they carry out their plan? Will they escape with the Crown Jewels?
Whilst the production is light humoured it encourages children to view elders differently as there may be more than meets the eye and it was touching to see the relationship develop between Ben and his Granny.
The production is brilliantly acted by all the actors and actresses of the Birmingham Stage Company. The stage set is effectively switched between Ben’s house and Granny’s house with comedy dancing from the ensemble. The musical score fits each scene perfectly and there is plenty of light humour which keeps both adults and children entertained.
The running time was from 7pm until 9.20pm with a short interval and the audience, especially the younger members, were generally getting quite restless towards the end of the show.
The Alhambra Theatre was easy to locate in Bradford and we parked in the Southgate car park just a couple of minutes walk away from the theatre at a cost of £4 for the evening’s carparking. The theatre itself is well equipped with bars and eating areas offering light bites, snacks and drinks. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful.
All in all a great night out and we would give this a 5/5!
Tickets cost £17.50 (booking fees may apply).
Gangsta Granny is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford until 9 July 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01274 432000.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000