Reviewed by Rosemary Knight
Yesterday morning, I took my three-year-old grandson Oliver to The Lowry theatre in Salford, Manchester to watch the Tall Stories presentation of Room on the Broom. Spending quality time with my grandchildren is very important to me and visiting The Lowry for theatre shows really ticks all the right boxes because my little ones can be entertained whilst being educated at the same time. The Lowry is our favourite place to visit as it is easily accessible by road and public transport, the staff are friendly and welcoming, the building itself is modern and comfortable and there is always something to entertain my family.
We were familiar with the Room on the Broom bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, having read it together many times so we excitedly settled down to watch the show, in the theatre packed with little ones and their adult carers. The performance began with the four actors playing a quartet of campers settling down for a night in the woods, snoring loudly and keeping each other awake, to the great amusement of the young audience. Suddenly, a witch’s broomstick appears, tumbling onto the stage and the four actors transform into the witch and her companions. The warm hearted but accident-prone witch takes off with her cat on her broom and picks up other friends, a dog, a bird and a frog along the way, until her broom becomes so full that it snaps in two. This is a lively, energetic performance with clever use of puppetry. We especially loved the funny, country and western singing frog and the Welsh accented dragon who wanted to eat witch and chips for his tea. The witch and her friends’ mange to scare off the dragon and with plenty of help from the audience, the witch casts a spell and magics a new broom with enough space for all her new friends. The story shows that kindness really does pay dividends in the end. There was much audience participation with singing, clapping and spell casting throughout.
At just under an hour in length, this is a perfect length of time for little ones to engage without becoming restless. This performance is great family entertainment and is an ideal way to keep your little ones amused.
Tickets cost from £13.75 to £16 (booking fees may apply).
Room on the Broom is at The Lowry in Manchester from 1-27 August 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000