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Claxon! A splashing new show of “Peppa Pig’s adventure” is out and started this past Friday at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. We were lucky to be one of the first ones to see the Peppa’s new adventures on stage. From the moment we walked into the theatre, we could see lots of excited children, who were looking forward to meeting their favourite cartoon characters.  They were all bouncing, demanding Peppa Pig and her friends right away. This has set a fantastic energy, which could be felt throughout the show too.

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From the moment the show has started, it was full of surprises, keeping the attention of young children and toddlers on stage the whole time! Director Richard Lewis knew that at 3+ they have a short attention span. They introduced something new and exciting every few seconds, thus keeping the young audience enthralled. Peppa’s and her friends’ voices were so alike with animation movie, this gave an impression to children that, they actually came to life.

In this new adventure they all decide to go on a camping trip, so Daddy Pig, Madame Gazelle, Gerald giraffe, George, Daisy, Pedro Pony, Suzy sheep came along. When they were getting sick and bored in the car they had a great new song to sing. During the whole of the show, the audience is invited to participate in singing, dancing; games and we could actually feel water from the time they were splashing in the muddy puddles. All this interaction and participation in the show kept the children mesmerised and when there was a ten minutes break, they could hardly wait for the show to start again.  Once the camp is set and it darkened, there was a treat in store for the campers. Peppa and her friends could listen and see some nocturnal animals and creatures. The appearance of these quite impressed the youngsters. The show features music from BAFTA award-winning composer Mani Svavarsson. The show has around seven songs, some of them are classic and others are easy to join in. Not only the young audience, but the parents were quite glad to join in singing, dancing and playing the games with Peppa Pig and her friends.

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I and my three-year-old didn’t feel the one and a half hour go by, we have enjoyed every second of it. Particularly, it made me happy to see my child this happy. The whole time she was squealing with joy, dancing, singing and was entranced by the show. The magical spirit that brought “Peppa pig’s adventure” to life was felt by every single spectator! Is there any other feeling for a parent, then seeing your child this happy?! We would give this brand new show five out five stars! We would go back and watch it again, as we loved it a lot!

A must watch show for every Peppa Pig fans out there!

The show will continue all over the UK and the details can be found here www.peppapiglive.com

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Autumn 2003, it was a cold Swiss autumn, my landlord who was from England invited me to watch a Riverdance on TV. It was Michael Flatley’s show and I was impressed. I had a dream since then to watch the Irish dance on stage. Roll on 14 years and the dream came true. We were once again in Orchard theatre for the dance show – “Spirit of the dance”. David King the producer of the show, created “Spirit of the dance” being inspired by Michael Flatley in 1996. But the “Spirit of the Dance” is not just Irish dance. This show includes Irish, salsa, flamenco, ballet, ballroom, tap, street dance, and more.

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Two tired adults on a weekday night, we did not know what to expect. From the first chords of the music and the scintillating moves, we knew we were in for a treat! Watching the clever incorporation of Irish dance with some modern hits and ballet, I couldn’t help to think why it won nine global awards. The Irish dance, the team spirit, the quick costume changes, the unanimous moves and the dancers energy was charging the whole audience. We could not believe their stamina. I loved when they came out without any music and tap danced. This showed how good they were and the rapport with audience was great. We were helping them to recreate the clap music and everybody quite enjoyed being part of the show. The likes of flamenco and street dance were unexpected but really well received.  This has inspired us a lot. We won’t just look at after school tap dance, ballet and the likes of it – as just a recreational pass time. “Spirit of the dance” shows how energizing is a great dance show!

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The show is on till 16th of September 2017 at Orchard theatre. It is a great opportunity to catch the breath-taking show, especially if you or your family are interested in some of those dances.

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Most parents of the toddlers live with Peppa Pig’s family. Our two year old is obsessed with this show. So when  I got the review tickets to the West End show of “Peppa Pig’s surprise” she couldn’t wait for the day to come.

The Phoenix Theatre where the show was taking place was easily reachable from the Charing Cross station. We arrived 20 minutes earlier as we had a buggy. The Theatre staff are really helpful, as they are aware of audience arriving with young children and buggies. They try to sort people out as soon as possible trying to prevent the possible toddler tantrums. After getting our tickets we were shown where we can leave our buggies. At the entry our little one made us buy a windmill of her favourite character George. I thought it would be a good idea if that meant she would keep happy throughout the show for the price of £8 . Little I knew what an exciting experience for the whole family was ahead! The theatre has rather clean toilets with baby changing and feeding facilities. You leave the buggies and get it with your tickets. Extra toys and merchandise can be purchased upon arrival and they sell some snacks too.

Little after we went to our seats, we realised my toddler is a little bit small for her seat. So we paid an extra £1 for a booster seat. In retrospect I would not get it, as she spent the whole show dancing, singing and jumping around!

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There were four of us, two adults and two children. My seven year old was a little bit sceptical as she thought this is only for toddlers and she was too old for the show. These were her thought before the show. As soon as the show started with children’s favourite characters coming to the stage and the energy of actors coming on waves we were all mesmerised and were simply enjoying the brilliant production! The show is a hit with all ages from start to finish with songs, dances, engaging the audience, special effects, bubbles, snow and is just fun!

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I found that the production team has done an excellent job, the storyline is close to the original Peppa Pig cartoon. The puppets and the actors are oozing with energy that is easily transferred to the audience making everyone happy and bouncy. My toddler who is fan of George really like how they made him cry just like in a cartoon, making her squeal from excitement. There are two acts during the show, which gives enough time to have a loo break or get some snacks. If your little ones have never been to theatre before, this show provides a perfect first time experience! Helping you nurturing cultured children who look forward to their theatre outings. The little twist at the end made us all feel the Christmas joy again and it was a very welcome bonus! We thoroughly enjoyed the show, even my seven year old who was not very keen on it initially said that she loved it and she was happy that she came. A perfect family day out and an unforgettable experience for little ones! The show is still on this week at Phoenix theatre. We are looking forward to see some more productions of this team, as they truly are magical! If you have not seen it yet, book quickly and enjoy watching your little ones joy! It gets thumbs up from us and we recommend it!

 

 

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