Written by Kathryn Carr
It’s been approximately two hours since I revealed to my three-year-old that we’re going to see a Peppa Pig show at the theatre and already I’ve had to replay the trailer eleven times.
Peppa Pig’s Adventure is coming to the Victoria Theatre in Halifax on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June 2018, with four showings, and my daughter is majorly excited that she’ll be in the audience for one of them.
This may be our first trip to see Peppa and friends live on stage (though I’m sure it won’t be our last) but 2018 marks the ninth consecutive year of Peppa Pig live productions. To me, that sounds like they’ve been a squealing success.
Leading children’s theatre team Fiery Light, in partnership with licensor Entertainment One are responsible for putting on a performance that must exceed the expectation of the Peppa mad little people (and their big people).
Peppa Pig’s Adventure features a new story centred around a camping trip. “Mummy, do you think Peppa will like staying in a tent? Mummy, do you think it will rain at the campsite? Mummy, will they all jump in muddy puddles?” – Just 3 of the 103 questions my three-year-old has asked since learning she’s to join Peppa, George and their school friends on a camping trip to the woods.
I’m excited too. I owe Peppa Pig. If it weren’t for her, I literally wouldn’t have a minute to enjoy a hot cup of tea, visit the loo on my own or even occasionally make a start on that mountain of ironing. I’m excited to see my little girl’s face light up as she sees a character she considers a friend bouncing around right in front of her. I am intrigued to see what she makes of the puppets operated on stage by the cast. Will she ask “But who are those people Mummy?”
My daughter often joins in with the TV show’s catchy tunes as they broadcast into our living room and I love watching her re-enact the storylines with her dolls, so the prospect of attending this interactive experience with the promise of songs, games and a whole heap of fun, enthrals me as much as her. I can’t wait to hear her sing and laugh and dance along as the adventure unfolds. Happy kid’s equal happy parents.
The show’s director Richard Lewis has taken the helm on all four of the previous Peppa Pig live shows and I’ve heard only good things. The fact that the production also features music from Mani Svavarsson, a BAFTA award-winning composer, screams success. To be involved with a show that aims to please the hardest to please audience may be a challenge but going by the reviews I’ve seen, I’m expecting the preschool audience (and everyone with them) to be as happy as pigs in muck!
It’ll be our first visit to Halifax’s Victoria Theatre and whilst my little one will be sure not to take her eyes off The Pig, I can’t wait to have a good look around this old concert hall that is steeped in history, with original features from its construction in 1901.
Tickets for Peppa Pig’s Adventure start at £18.75* for adults and £16.75* for children. You can buy tickets online at www.victoriatheatre.co.uk or by phoning the box office on 01422 351 158.
*Ticket prices include a Theatre Support Fee when booking via the Box Office and online. No other charges are applied.
Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax HX1 1BP | 01422 351158