Peppa Pig’s Suprise
We have had an action packed half term so far which has been great! On Wednesday we were invited to review the new Peppa Pig stage show – Peppa Pig’s Surprise at the New Theatre in Cardiff. JB was SUPER excited as was everyone else there! Peppa Pig is just so popular and there were a lot of pre-schoolers who couldn’t wait to see her in real life!
The show was brought alive with the addition of a human character called Daisy who was so bright and energetic that you couldn’t help but love her! She really engaged the little ones in the audience, playing your traditional ‘she’s behind you’ games, singing along to songs from the show and going on a puddle hunt. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig were played by actors in costumes and the smaller characters such as Peppa, George and Suzy were like big puppets being manipulated by people dressed in black. I thought this would be weird at first but it actually worked as the ‘puppeteers’ danced and sung and were involved themselves.
The whole theatre was absolutely buzzing with excited little ones and the look on JB’s face was simply priceless – she was mesmerised! Bean who is 8 tried very hard to look uninterested but she was on the edge of her seat several times!! The show was brilliant for pre-school age as it was lively, fun and interactive. There wasn’t a moment to get bored and it didn’t matter at all that little ones didn’t stay in their seats so it was easy for parents to relax and not worry about them sitting still for 90 minutes. I particularly liked the part where they go rock pooling and very brightly coloured sea creatures appear on the stage as I think this would have been great for younger children as it was so bright and colourful.
The story was based on a surprise trip to the seaside that Daddy Pig organised for Peppa and George and their friends come too! There were many familiar sights from the TV show – Teddy and Dinosaur of course, Peppa and George’s bedroom complete with bunk beds and also the little red car. JB was delighted and kept pointing out the bits she recognised – it really brought the TV show alive for her.
There was an interval halfway through which I felt was a little long as it went on for nearly half an hour. We chose to stay in our seats rather than battle the crowds so JB was very impatient for the show to start again. On the plus side though it did give people plenty of time to take children to the toilet and grab an ice cream.
Is your little one into Peppa Pig? The show is now touring the country, it’s bound to be at a theatre near you soon – check out the tour dates here.
Disclosure – we were given complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.