[GIFTED] I think I must have walked past, taken pictures outside and wondered about the Southbank Centre more than a hundred times over the the years but have never ventured inside.
So I was over the moon when we were asked along to a the FUNharmonics family concert of ZOG that was being held there.
The Julia Donaldson, Alex Scheffler classic has been a favourite in our house for many years now and I was intrigued how the London Philharmonic Orchestra were going to execute it.
We arrived to collect our tickets and after getting our bearing we headed to a great area that had been set up with lots of ZOG inspired crafts to keep the little ones busy before the show. this was all included in the price of a ticket and was the perfect way to get them thinking about the story before the main event kicked off.
We took to our seats in the beautiful auditorium and listened to the huge orchestra warming up. The boys loved looking at a whole host of different instruments and had fun trying to guess what each one was called.
It wasn’t long before the performance was underway and I was hugely impressed with how interactive it was. The children got to answer questions to find gold stars that appeared on the big screen, there was singing, dancing and lots of information given on the orchestra in a super fun way that was perfect for the age range of the audience.
For the second part it was time to settle down and watch the super cute Dragon – ZOG.
As the animation was running we were treated to an amazing performance from the London Philharmonic Orchestra that complemented the story perfectly.
The whole concert was far more interactive and educational than I was imagining and adults and children alike throughly enjoyed it, if all of the woops and cheers from the audience were anything to go by.
It really did bring a children’s classic to life and it is something that will remain firmly in our memory banks for many years to come.
The orchestra is turning to Beethoven in February for its next concert – Why Beethoven Threw The Stew and I’m sure it’s going to be as fabulous as ZOG so keep an eye out.
Armed with our teddies and a copy of our favourite book ‘Were Going On A Bear Hunt’ we made our way to The Secombe Theatre in Sutton to watch the live stage show of the adaptation of the wonderful Michael Rosen children’s book.
The familiar characters took to the stage and guided us step by step through each part of the story just as we were turning a page of a story book.
We travelled with them through the swishy swishy grass, splashed and sploshed through the deep, cold river and squelched and squerched through the oozy mud.
The children were captivated from the off and loved being able to second guess what would be coming next.
Although this is a familiar story to many Sally Cookson has managed to deliver a truly wonderful interactive show that the whole family will love.
The children loved being able to join in with the songs and were super excited to see members of the cast coming down into the audience, but the top moment was getting more than they were expecting when passing through the deep, cold river!
This is a fabulous show that the whole family will love. It really has bought one of our favourite story books to life and will be remembered for many years to come.
We were gifted tickets to this show and these are all my own honest opinions.
I think it is safe to say that there are not many children out there that are not fans of CBebbies top rated show In The Night Garden.
It has been a firm favourite with mine for many years and forms a special part of our bedtime routine.
With this in mind what would be a better way to introduce your little ones to the magical world of theatre than by combining it with their favourite TV show!
This summer In The Night Garden Live will be taking to the stage again for it’s sixth year and I’m as excited as the children to go along and see it!
This show is as child friendly as they come and will captivate even the youngest of children.
They will all be there from cuddly Iggle Piggle to cheeky Upsy Daisy and all their friends. They will be taking to the stage inside an all weather inflatable show dome with the help of some puppetry and spectacular projections.
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