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As you probably already know we are big fans of Julia Donaldson. In the summer we went to see A Squash and a Squeeze and Room on the Broom, so we were delighted to be offered the chance to see What the Ladybird Heard today at the Town Hall Birmingham. We had a truly wonderful morning and the show is on until January 10th and tickets are £11.50. I would recommend it to anyone with young children.
Having read the book I did wonder how they would turn this quaint story into an almost hour long performance. Well, there is lots of music as usual and audience participation, and the whole start of the show is about getting the show started. You probably need to see it to understand.
The animals are fabulous and imaginative, even the little ladybird is captivating. The actors are great fun and extremely talented. The story is really brought to life and is totally enchanting.
I went to the show with Daddy and the three littlies aged 8yrs, 6yrs and 3yrs. Maybe eight is a little old but she really enjoys anything live like this with lots of singing, dancing and joining in. The six year old was really captivated and enjoyed every moment. The three year old went from being captivated to fidgety to a little tired and back again…nothing new there then!
Just in case you are unfamiliar with the story of What the Ladybird Heard, it’s about a couple of bungling thieves, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, that plan to steal the farmyard’s prize cow. However, the ladybird hears their plan and with the help of the other animals such as the woolly sheep, the fat red hen and the hairy dog, she works out a plan of her own to the foil the thieves.
On January 10th there is a relaxed performance especially for children on the autistic spectrum, with learning disabilities or a sensory or communication disorder.
We were given tickets for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.