Does your little one have a favourite book that you have read so many times that you know it off by heart? Little Boy did about a year ago and it was What The Ladybird Heard. We had to read it every bedtime, at least twice a night so we fell in love with the book just as much as he had. When we found out that the What The Ladybird Heard Live tour was coming to The New Theatre in Cardiff we knew that we just had to take him (and we were quite excited to see it ourselves!)
If you are familiar with the book you will know that it’s not the longest book so I was quite interested to see how it would pan out on stage and I was really pleasantly surprised. We are introduced to Lily who sets about telling us the story that we know and love, first introducing us to the farmer and the prize cow.
They enlist a ‘member of the audience’ to play Lanky Len and set about making the animals required to tell the story from props they ‘find’ on stage. I really loved this bit as it was so imaginative and the children loved shouting out which animals needed to be made and watching as they were fashioned from wheelbarrows and bike parts.
Finally everything went quiet and dark as we waited for the ladybird to join us. The delight on everyone’s faces as she popped up was exciting to see!
The whole show was very interactive and perfect for pre-schoolers. They were encouraged to sing and clap along and watching Little Boy bopping away to the songs was lovely. There was lots of singing and Lanky Len was hilarious, definitely everyone’s favourite character. I honestly think I enjoyed it just as much as the little ones and I know that I head lots of parents and grandparents commenting on their way out how much they loved seeing the book come to life on stage.
The show runs for about an hour without a break so is the perfect for little ones. My youngest two (3 and 7) loved it and my eldest (11) was happy sitting through it too.
What The Ladybird Heard is showing at The New Theatre in Cardiff until Sunday 25th February 2018 and is the perfect half term treat. You can book tickets here.
The New Theatre is easily accessible as it is in the centre of Cardiff, minutes walk from Cardiff Queen Street train station and from car parking by the museum or the main shopping centre car parks. There is space to leave pushchairs downstairs.
After it leaves Cardiff, What The Ladybird Heard Live is continuing it’s tour, both across the UK and internationally. You can see where it is going here. I hope that you manage to see it with your little ones!
Disclosure – we were gifted tickets for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.