12-16 July 2016
Reviewed by Deborah Goodliffe
David Walliams Gangsta Granny by the Birmingham Stage Company is a fabulous production! Funny, extremely well written and acted. From the moment the curtain went up the script was very funny appealing to children and adults alike! There was no one actor that shone out as they were all extremely good but the Granny was just superb.
The set was changed by the cast as they closed a box enclosing the scene and opening another which revealed another scene. Very clever and simple idea that was quick to do and didn’t distract and became part of the action as the little dance scene was always funny and quick.
A lovely tale of Ben and his Granny, alongside a side story of Ben’s parents who want him to learn to dance ballroom. Granny tells Ben stories of how she is a secret jewel thief and the boy plans a heist to steal the crown jewels – but who do they meet at the palace after many funny adventures but The Queen who was none too pleased that they planned to steal her crown.
With Mr Nosey Parker, Granny’s, neighbour overhearing their plan, he ends up with egg on his face as the adventurous pair decides that life is exciting enough without resorting to stealing and they return home empty handed. The Police tell Mr Parker off and the scene is very funny and the audience roared.
Ben’s parents came and sat in the audience during the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ scene and the audience loved it as they interacted with the people around them and it caused quite a stir. A genius way of holding the audience’s attention, and was good fun.
The theatre is wonderful but the parking is a problem if you get there a bit late. The car park is a five minute walk away from the theatre but if you weren’t able to park there then there is another ten minutes walk away but you need to plan for that as it could make you late.
Tickets cost from £15 to £19 (booking fees may apply).
Gangsta Granny is at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton until 16 July 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01604 624811.
Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP | 01604 624811