7 September 2014
Reviewed by Emily Draycott
Old MacDonald had a Farm is a People’s Theatre Company production for children of all ages. Our group ranged in age from 2 to 60 and although some of us would have perhaps favoured a Sunday afternoon sat on the sofa with a glass of wine watching the Grand Prix we were all pretty entertained.
The theatre itself is in a great location with plenty of parking, good facilities and the staff helpful and cheery. The seating is a little cosy for anyone over 6ft with long legs but the production was only an hour so he didn’t grumble too much.
This being the children’s first theatre trip there was plenty of pointing to be done before the show started with lots of lights, chairs, stage, curtains to get us through the 10 minute wait. Thankfully the 2 actors were then loud, whacky and engaging and with the help of a few wholewheat crackers we managed the 60 minutes with minimal wriggleage.
Unfortunately it would appear that Old MacDonald had lost his animals and 60 minutes was spent solving clues, making animal noises, stuffed puppets, nursery rhyme singing and waving bye bye to the farm animals as they were put back in the barn. A few double entendre were of course also thrown into the mix for the splattering of parents and guardians also present.
Would I recommend it? Yes. This was our trial run for perhaps a children’s movie at the cinema or a pantomime in the upcoming season and it was just an hour out of a Sunday afternoon when there’s not much else to do with the urchins and it sure beats the germ factory play centres!
For more information about Old MacDonald had a Farm and the People’s Theatre Company visit www.ptc.org.uk.
For more information or to book tickets for shows at the Towngate Theatre visit www.towngatetheatre.co.uk.
The Towngate Theatre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DL | 01268 465 465