While there’s no real ongoing storyline, each individual scene is the lead up to a singalong – after all, this show is all about engaging with the kids and keeping them involved and interested. Perhaps a little overlong (2 parts of 50 minutes with an interval) for some of the younger ones, as Nathaniel found his attention wandering as times in the second half.
Nonetheless, the energy levels, audience participation (spot Tommy the Toucan) and the favourite songs (Leap Frog, Do Your Ears Hang Low, Friends Like You and Bear Hunt are good examples) along with the opportunity to make animal noises, keep most of the audience enthralled throughout. At one point in each half, 7 children are invited on stage, where they get to dress up and take part in a number. And I suspect that for those lucky ones in particular, it’s the best possible start to their summer holidays.
Paul and Nathanial Byrne