What the Ladybird Heard will be a familiar bedtime tale to parents everywhere – and a favourite with their children too.
And it will come as no surprise to hear that the stage version of the story is just as successful.
The characters perhaps aren’t as well known as some of author Julia Donaldson’s other creations such as The Gruffalo and those from Room on the Broom, but the book shares their love of language and twists in the tale which aren’t too taxing for little ones.
The story centres around two crafty robbers who have a cunning plan to steal a fine prize cow from a farmyard, and a tiny ladybird who has a plan of her own to foil them!
For the stage version this is fleshed out through the use of songs, some jokes and slapstick and just enough audience particiaption to not disrupt the flow of the story.
The four main performers take on a number of newly-created roles between them and are multi-talented – playing a flute one minute, operating a giant cow puppet the next!
The set and scenery is highly impressive and there is plenty to hold the attention of even the younger members of the audience.
What was particularly inventive was the way the likes of the woolly sheep, the hairy hog and the dainty dog were created out of bicycles, wheelbarrows and the like, and looked close enough to the illustrations in the book by Lydia Monks.
Everything about this show was just right – bright and colourful with catchy songs and not too long – and comes highly recommended.
This show was being performed on the same day as the Core theatre was celebrating its fifth birthday so there was the chance afterwards to make your own ladybird to take home, as well as other fun workshops including a giant marble run, doodle wall and backstage tours.