Archive for February, 2019

Jill Murphy’s
The Worst Witch

Do you have a key stage 2 child? Then you have definitely heard or seen numerous episodes of the TV series “Worst Witch on CBBC.

My child even lent a book from our local library and read it several times. When I said the play of “Worst Witch” is coming to Orchard theatre, she was elated!

Long before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble. An ordinary girl who found herself in an
extraordinary place: a school for witches.

Now in her final year, accident prone Mildred and
her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest and most important adventure yet…

Jealous Ethel Hallow is always out to spoil Mildred’s fun. Miss Hardbroom is opposed to all
fun in general. And just as Mildred sparks some inevitable mayhem certain to upset them
both, an old enemy returns with a plan for revenge that could threaten not just the Academy,
but the whole world.

Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch stories have sold more than five million copies worldwide
and been made into numerous films and TV series.

Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this thrilling new stage adaptation is
directed by Theresa Heskins (2017 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and
Young People) and features original songs, music, magic and a dose of Mildred’s unique
brand of utter pandemonium!

We particularly liked the postive message it gives to children:

  • to keep percevering no matter what background you are from;
  • to cheeish and keep good friendships;
  • to work as a team and
  • the power of being a unity.

The magical parts, the pyrotechnics, the fun, the humour, the music and songs gave the show an unforgettable atmosphere.

We were charged with positivity after the play! Go on and be ready to fall under a spell of this benificial to all family play.

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Jill Murphy’s – The Worst Witch

A new play by Emma Reeves, Directed by Theresa Heskins

Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

The Worst Witch is the story of an ordinary girl who finds herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year, accident-prone Mildred Hubble and her fellow pupils leave a trail of mayhem behind them as they find themselves at the centre of a battle that’s being fought for their future.  

Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch stories have sold more than five million copies and been made into films and TV series by HBO, ITV and CBBC.

Winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Best Children’s Television Programme, and of the 2017 British Screenwriters Award for Best Children’s Programme for the television adaptations of The Worst Witch, Emma Reeves’ screen writing credits include Eve, The Dumping Ground, Young Dracula and The Story of Tracy Beaker. Her stage work includes the Olivier Award-nominated and critically acclaimed adaptation of Hetty Feather (UK tour and West End).

The show will be at The Orchard Theatre from Wednesday 27 February – Sunday 3 March 2019.

To book tickets or for more information visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.

We are now running a competition to win the tickets to the show at Orchard theatre.

To be able to participate in the competition simply answer the following question:


“What is the name of the ordinary girl, who finds herself in a witching school?”


The competition closes on midday 25.02.2019
The winner will be chosen at random and contacted to organise the tickets.

If we don’t hear from the winner, we will draw again.

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Somewhere between long grass and flowers there is a magical Little Kingdom. The chirping birds and fluttering butterflies only, know that- it is a magical kingdom. A kingdom where a fairy princess Holly and her friend Ben- the elf live.

Every little child who have seen this cartoons are mesmerised by their magical adventures. So, today I had a chance to take my four year old and five months old to the live show.

The theatre was buzzing. By the time we arrived there, most of the parents perused the gift shop- to kit out their little fairies or elves. My lot had to have the spinning light wheel. We have made our way to our places, thanks to the staff who were pointing to our seats, it was easy to find. The audience young and not so young was very excited. The show has started and everybody was sucked right into it.

It is fun, full of surprises, lots of magic, singing and dancing. Numerous jokes, games and dances were with audience participation too. We have not seen how the time went and the first part ended.

We made our way to baby change, which was clean and comfy for both mother and child. Right when we were done, the bells were ringing for the second act.

The second part was even more exciting. As the kids got to see a tooth fairy, a magical kingdom’s birthday party preparations and more.

The kids were singing the songs in the car all the way home. I will be using the last song to prevent a tantrum. That good a tool, I gained today. Talk about winning at parenting, bringing the children to their favourite show and gaining a tool to save ourselves from some toddler drama!

All in all, both kids and I enjoyed the show. I think the length of the acts are perfect for young theatre goers. And it is full of interesting twists to keep them in their seats! It gets five stars from us!

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