The Hunting of The Snark Review – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

The Hunting of the Snark Review

Yesterday we headed into Cardiff to my favourite theatre, The Sherman Theatre. I love this modern vibrant theatre and haven’t seen a bad performance there. I was really looking forward to hearing about their new season and seeing their new production The Hunting of the Snark.

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I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I knew that it was based upon Lewis Carroll’s ‘nonsense’ poem but I hadn’t a clue what that would translate to on stage. What we were greeted with was absolutely brilliant! Honestly the funniest show I have seen in ages. It told the story of a little boy whose relationship with his father is very distant as his dad is so focussed on material wealth. His father heads out on a trip to catch a Snark – a legendary beast he thinks will bring him lots of money and the son sneaks out on the trip with him.

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(Photo copyright Mark Truro)

The ensuing adventure on Snark Island is captivating and hilarious. The colours on stage were bright and vibrant, the songs catchy and upbeat and the audience were really into it, joining in with clapping, shouting and even singing at some points! The energy that the actors put into their characters was captivating and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

A SHERMAN CYMRU, ALICE HOUSE THEATRE & RGM PRODUCTION The Hunting Of The Snark Based on the original poem by Lewis Carroll Director Gemma Colclough  Writer Annabel Wigoder Musical Director Tom Recknell Music & Lyrics Gareth Cooper Sound Designer Ian Barnard Designer Justin Nardella Lighting Designer Ceri James Steve - Jonathan Glew The Baker / Bandersnatch - Neal McWilliams The Bellman - Alex Parry The Butcher - Polly Smith The Boy - Kate Spencer The Banker - Vedi Roy

(Photo copyright Mark Truro)

A SHERMAN CYMRU, ALICE HOUSE THEATRE & RGM PRODUCTION The Hunting Of The Snark Based on the original poem by Lewis Carroll Director Gemma Colclough  Writer Annabel Wigoder Musical Director Tom Recknell Music & Lyrics Gareth Cooper Sound Designer Ian Barnard Designer Justin Nardella Lighting Designer Ceri James Steve - Jonathan Glew The Baker / Bandersnatch - Neal McWilliams The Bellman - Alex Parry The Butcher - Polly Smith The Boy - Kate Spencer The Banker - Vedi Roy

(Photo copyright Mark Truro)

A SHERMAN CYMRU, ALICE HOUSE THEATRE & RGM PRODUCTION The Hunting Of The Snark Based on the original poem by Lewis Carroll Director Gemma Colclough  Writer Annabel Wigoder Musical Director Tom Recknell Music & Lyrics Gareth Cooper Sound Designer Ian Barnard Designer Justin Nardella Lighting Designer Ceri James Steve - Jonathan Glew The Baker / Bandersnatch - Neal McWilliams The Bellman - Alex Parry The Butcher - Polly Smith The Boy - Kate Spencer The Banker - Vedi Roy

(Photo copyright Mark Truro)

I really liked that there was a bit of humour in there for the adults too that the children wouldn’t necessarily pick up on (nothing rude don’t worry!). It is billed as being suitable for 7+ probably because there are some scenes with the chef which might be scary for younger children, but mine (ages 2, 5 and 9) are the biggest wusses around and they all loved it! My boisterous 2 year old even sat through it fascinated and it was lovely to hear him chuckling away at moments too.

We had a great time and as usual the Sherman Theatre is a great venue with it’s child friendly foyer, cafe and convenient location.

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If you are looking for something to see this summer it is showing until the 30th July and you can book tickets here.

The new season at the Sherman Theatre looks fabulous too. Highlights for me are Why The Wales Came, The Emperer’s New Clothes and their Christmas show The Borrowers. Read more about the new season here.

Disclosure – we were invited to the press night of The Hunting of the Snark and new season launch. All opinions are honest and my own. 

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6 Comments

  1. July 23, 2016 / 12:31 am

    I have never been to a theatre before. Would love to go someday. Sounds like an amazing show.

  2. July 23, 2016 / 7:24 am

    This does look like a fun show – I can see my son enjoying this one.
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  3. July 23, 2016 / 8:01 am

    It was great, my son and I really enjoyed the show! x

  4. July 23, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    I absolutely love the Sherman – the perfect place to take kids and introduce them to Theatre. I was meant to come to this but unfortunately couldn’t make it so I am so happy to read your positive review about it – hopefully try and catch the show before it ends x

    Laura x

  5. Kerry Norris
    July 25, 2016 / 8:21 am

    I always forget about this theatre. This show looks good although defo to scary for mine at the mo. Will recommend it to their cousins though x

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