I haven’t been feeling the most festive lately and usually seeing a show will put me in the festive spirit so I was looking forward to seeing the Ugly Duckling at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff at the weekend.
As with all the Sherman children’s performances I’ve seen there was dressing up and arts and crafts available to play with in the foyer and yummy food available in Foxy’s cafe on site.
The performance was lovely and relaxed and the kids sat on cushions at the front where they could really see all the action and feel connected to the performance. I particularly love this style of show as it helps the kids to really feel comfortable in the theatre and the parents can relax and enjoy the performance too.
The staging and costumes were beautiful simple and so very effective and the actors were beautifully clear and completely engrossed the children in the audience.
The clear passing of the seasons with the use of vibrant colours and great lighting was a brilliant way to convey the passing of time and seasons to the children and even baby Sprout was mesmerised by the colours and twinkling lights!
I have always found the Ugly Duckling to be quite a sad story although it has a happy ending (yes I am that soppy and hormonal still!) but this performance brought out some genuine laughs and the look of happiness and delight on the girls faces was priceless. JB particularly liked the Ugly Duckling’s honk and joining in with the sing along at the end.
Despite the performance not being particularly christmassy I left feeling relaxed, happy and festive as the message of family and belonging developed throughout the performance and we had such a lovely day out – a big thank you once again to the Sherman Cymru for children’s theatre at it’s absolute best.
The Ugly Duckling is showing until the 3rd January and tickets are £8. I’d hurry to book as many performances are sold out.
Disclosure – we were gifted 3 tickets for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.