The Cat in The Hat Review
We always try to fit a theatre trip into a school holiday and this half term we went to see The Cat in The Hat in the New Theatre, Cardiff. The girls have read the book (several times) and watched the film so were very excited to see the stage adaptation.
If you have read it, you will know that the book is a little odd. It is the story of a young boy and his sister who are left home alone and are visited by a strange cat in a hat and two funny people – Thing 1 and Thing 2 who create havoc and all sort of mischief in their house while their mother is out. There is a pet fish who is the voice of reason throughout. The show is energetic and fun, the children laughed at the silly antics of the cat and Thing 1 and Thing 2, although Little Miss J was confused by the appearance of more than one cat!
The stage set up was very like the book – simple but yet effective. No distracting scenery here, this show focuses on the comedy of the text and the silliness of the actors!
I really liked how the show was made interactive for the little ones. Bubbles were blown and balls thrown into the audience. Thing 1 even came into the audience to say hi which was really great for the kids. The show held their attention for the whole time and although I thought it could have been made funnier the children seemed to really enjoy it.
The show was a quick 45 minutes which was perfect timing for little ones as they didn’t have time to get bored. Little Miss J loved it, and although Bean (8) said she thought it was a little babyish I could tell that she didn’t have a totally rubbish time!!
If you missed The Cat in the Hat the next children’s performance at the New Theatre is the brilliant Gangsta Granny. You can book tickets here.
Disclosure – we were given a family ticket to this performance for the purpose of this review.