Today we had a real half term treat as we were invited to view Dot & Ethel’s production of “Match” at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.
Once again, the Sherman didn’t disappoint. This was the first time I have taken Baby Sprout to the theatre with the girls and in any other theatre I would have been apprehensive but I knew that the Sherman’s child performances are really family friendly. From having help from the super friendly staff in opening the doors to get the pushchair through (without me having to ask!), to being able to take the baby through to the performance in his car seat, from comfy chairs to breastfeed in the foyer cafe, activities for the older children and clean baby changing facilities it was an absolute pleasure to take the girls and baby there on my own.
Match is based upon the book The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson. I must admit that I read this as a child and the story haunts me to this day it was so sad, but gladly for me this sadness was not quite reflected in this stage production.
The performance was funny at the start – the children were in fits of giggles which was a delight to see! It was also really engaging for the children – their eyes were transfixed in wonder and delight. The performance was interactive involving bubbles, balloons and lights and due to the relaxed layout with the children sitting on cushions on the floor they felt really able to be part of the action. It is lovely that before and after the performance the actors get stuck in chatting with the kids about the performance too.
There was not a lot of dialogue, which really worked for this show and in one way or another all three of my little ones enjoyed it. Baby Sprout was kicking away in delight at the sparklers while JB enjoyed catching the bubbles and balloons and loved the sparkly shoes!
Bean at 7 years old loved it completely but with her I was interested to see how much of the story she had picked up. With a little guidance from me, I discovered she could manage to piece together the essence of the story which is fantastic. Not only did she appreciate the show on face value for it’s entertainment, she had begun to be able to analyse the performance and pick up the story from the clever use of props such as costume, sparklers, projectors, lighting, music and fairy lights. I love that this performance helped her to use her creative mind and think about the meaning behind the entertainment.
Once again the Sherman didn’t disappoint – children’s theatre at it’s absolute best. Thank you Sherman Cymru! The next children’s prodcution at the Sherman is the Ugly Duckling…
7 & 8 November
8 December – 3 January
Disclosure – we were gifted tickets for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.