27-29 December 2014
Reviewed by Lisa Lambert
On Saturday we visited The Lowry theatre in Manchester to see The Holdalls Christmas Adventure. On arrival there is ample parking in the multi-storey car park which is facing the theatre they are also on the Metrolink route which is easily accessible from Manchester city centre where all major routes service from. They have parking deals for theatre goers and also if you purchase anything from within the shopping mall for over £5 parking is free for four hours and at a reduced rate beyond that. I wanted a blender so called in Tefal whilst I was there and got 20% off and my parking free making it work out at only £15 so I was really pleased.
The Lowry has shops and restaurants to suit all tastes and makes for a good day/evening out and not just to watch the show and go home.
We had to collect our tickets on arrival and the staff were great, they located the tickets and gave us directions to the right theatre (there are 3 different ones in The Lowry). Throughout the theatre was staff in red t-shirts who were all really friendly and helpful ensuring you got to where you needed to be. The theatre and public areas are clean and tidy.
We were in the Studio which is the smallest one there, we were sat in row C and had a great view the theatre was only small so really any seat would be great.
The show has only 3 characters one of those is a teddy bear. The two other characters are a young boy and girl. The stage setting is simple but worked really well. Because the theatre is so small you felt like the performance was being put on just for you it was a really nice atmosphere.
The story starts and is all about Esme and William getting ready for bed on Christmas Eve placing their presents under the tree for the morning. The teddy bear is left to guard to the presents and this is when the story starts to really begin.
The presents start to disappear and teddy gets confused and goes to look for the presents and follows the lights and sees that everyone presents are being taken away somewhere and he sees them all in the sky and follows them to try and get them back before Esme and William wake in the morning.
He meets a pirate and goes on a treasure hunt with the pirate and they end up at the North Pole and this is where he meets the Christmas Fairy, the fairy is very upset as the Snow Monster has stolen her wand and had therefore stolen the Christmas magic. Teddy must get the wand back so sets off through the snow and ice to get the wand back. The Snow Monster then appears, arrrrggghhhh, but nothing to be feared of, it all turns out that the Snow Monster is actually an unwanted Christmas gift that was angry and upset and is in actual fact a teddy bear called Fuzzy.
They get the wand back to fairy and she grants all the Christmas wishes and brings all the Christmas magic back and the teddy bears make it back just in time for cuddles from Esme and William.
The story is all told with basic props and to me provides ideas and imagination to kids for what they can do in the living room at home.
My 6 year old really enjoyed the show as did the children there who were 3-6 years old it was just perfect for that age range. My daughter age 9 found it funny in parts and loved the fact the props went wrong and how they just carried on, which in fairness they did it was superb how when a child shouted out the responded and also when the lamp fell over and a sheet fell off they said oh its and avalanche all of which was clearly not meant to happen.
Overall for me this was a good solid performance and great for the price. The length was perfect and I would highly recommend for people with children age 3-6 as it is just perfect for them. Also on leaving the theatre Esme and William were outside giving all the children a sticker from the show which I thought was a really nice touch and end to the show.
Tickets cost from £5.50 to £8.50.
The Holdalls Christmas Adventure is at The Lowry until 29 December 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000