I never really realised how lovely the whole Peppa Pig thing was until I had children. I knew people with kids who said their children loved the show, but it was never an attraction I could see. I never had cause to watch it or any other children’s programme, and without small ones to entertain why would I. It was only with daughter number two that Peppa, George, Danny Dog and friends became a regular feature in our house. With daughter number one I was quite anal about what she watched on television, only switching on programmes which I thought had been designed specifically for educational purposes. I would only ever watch one channel fearful of the powerful effect television could have on my small person. Yes, I was a very naive parent, but did have good intentions. With daughter number two the ideas of parenting were a lot more relaxed and Peppa Pig was her programme of choice. I soon learned how wrong I was to veto the show in the first place. I liked the storylines, the hidden lessons in the tales and the fact that Peppa is just a little bit mean at times like children can be. I liked how she tried to boss George about and had small quarrels with her best friend Suzie Sheep because that’s real isn’t it. I was converted.
This is how I arrived to find myself sat in the Grand Theatre in Blackpool on a Sunday afternoon with the brood. We were very excited at the chance to see Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Tour. It’s the first time I’d been to the theatre which is a delightful venue. It’s cosy and warm while being grand with its splendid ornate balconies and velvet seats. Straight away I loved the charm of an older venue even down to the popcorn seller shouting out the price of a bucket as you walked in. A bucket of popcorn I mean, not just a bucket. We didn’t take any prams, instead we chose to walk from the nearby car park with our three aged 4, 2 and 5 months, but there was space at the back of the auditorium for pushchairs.
Pleased with the venue it was down to the performance to complete the experience. We sat expectantly with our popcorn in hand waiting to see Peppa in the flesh. We weren’t disappointed; if your child likes Peppa Pig they will thoroughly enjoy this show. Full of songs and fun it sees the characters put on a fete to raise money for a new school roof. George loses his dinosaur along the way, a sad fact my two year old insisted on telling her family members for two days afterwards. There is even an appearance by Mr Potato (the highlight of the show for me) as he sings about the importance of eating fruit and veg – bar potatoes of course.
The cast is excellent, great at pulling off the voices from the programme and they kept high energy throughout. It’s filled with catchy songs to have your little uns bouncing along all the way through, and games to get them involved. It’s a really fun show and one which keeps moving quickly to keep the children engaged. Daddy Pig’s muddy puddle jumping suit was another favourite part of mine, and those of you who watch the show will recognise his attire. Just one bit of advice, if you’re sitting near the front you may need an umbrella.
The show is on across the UK and Ireland until October 2014 with more dates to be announced.
Click here for tour dates near you www.peppapiglive.com
“I received tickets for the purposes of this review. My views are honest.”
(First published Dec 2013)