Reviewed by Louise Totton
A little pre-Christmas treat for my daughter in our local theatre, we were really looking forward to our trip to see The Boy Who Cried Wolf at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. Despite it being in our local town centre, we’ve only visited the Lawrence Batley once before, and I had forgotten what a lovely venue it is.
It is situated on the edge of the town centre, a few minutes walk from a large multi-storey car park, the main train station and the bus station. It is well signposted from the ring road and from several points within the town centre too.
We collected our tickets from lovely, friendly staff at the box office and made our way over to the door of the theatre where we were shown to outer seats. The theatres itself is very small and has a very intimate feel due to the layout; the seats are arranged in a horseshoe shape around the stage which is great because it means that virtually all seats will provide an excellent view and be close to the action.
The scene on the stage was set, an enchanting snowy winter scene. The performance actually seemed to start within the audience, with the characters chatting away, mainly to the children.
The play told the classic story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, with a few modern twists. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who might go to see this show, so won’t go too much into the specifics. But the story was told with a great deal of humour, lots and lots of singing and dancing, and most of all, infinite amounts of fun. This show seemed to appeal and entrance children and adults alike, my 5 year old daughter was utterly rapt throughout, as was her grandma and I.
The characters made a few visits into the audience and it really brought the performance to the gathering beautifully. We had an absolutely wonderful time, watching three fantastically talented actors play about a dozen parts. The absolute icing on the cake was that after the show, everyone was able to meet the characters in the lobby and have their photos taken with them; a wonderful touch.
A magical evening at a lovely theatre.
Go see it if you can.
Suitable for age 4 years + with a running time of 80 minutes + interval.
Tickets cost from £10 to £14.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf is at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield until 28 December 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01484 430528.
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP