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Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales by Scamp Theatre

12th August 2015

“Tiddler? Tiddler? TIDDLER’S LATE!”

Tiddler by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler (them of The Gruffalo fame) is my absolute favourite book to read to the girls at the moment. Seren loves it as there is a mermaid in it. Imogen loves that my narrative becomes quite animated. I fist bump Tiddler over his tardiness.

Seren and I went to see Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales performed on stage a couple of weeks ago at the Leicester Square Theatre in London. As well as Tiddler, the performance included other Donaldson / Scheffler favourites,  Monkey Puzzle, A Squash and A Squeeze and The Smartest Giant In Town. The show was put on by the Scamp Theatre group.

Monkey Puzzle is separated into three parts, with the other tales being told in totality in between. The performance is fast paced and engaging. I was impressed by how the actors moved the stage furniture around to suit each story and by their creative use of props and puppets. For example, the frog in Monkey Puzzle was really a green clutch bag with a pink lining. But we all recoiled in disgust as the ‘frog’ licked one of the actors nonetheless!

I would say that the performance was 90% true to the wordings of the books (I know some people are particular about this!) with extra narrative from the actors in between. My favourite tale was Tiddler, followed by A Squash and a Squeeze (told in a wild western prairie style!). I though maybe Monkey Puzzle lost something by being broken into parts but it was still fun to watch the ‘animals’ come alive. I enjoyed The Smartest Giant too but it’s my least favourite story of the four.

I did wonder how well Seren would sit throw the show, with the changing between stories, and she did start to get twitchy for the last 10 minutes of the hour long show. Not unusual in itself. The show was my favourite out of the three we’ve seen over the last month (the others being The Gruffalo and the Three Little Pigs).

I also loved the set up of the theatre, there was a bar area by the side of the seats selling reasonably priced tea, coffee and pots of popcorn (and other things!). One of the theatre staff helped parents up and down the stairs with buggies which was a nice touch. After the show we had a picnic in Leicester Square (for ease and convenience, not ambience!) then wandered down to Covent Garden to catch the street performers, which Seren was enthralled by.

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales is on at the Leicester Square Theatre in London until the 31st August 2015, see the theatre’s website for ticket info.

Scamp Theatre have some other exciting productions on at the moment including Gruffalos, Ladybirds, and Other Beasts – with Julia Donaldson in Edinburgh until the end of August and  The Scarecrows’ Wedding showing nationwide until the end of November. Stick Man is then showing in London and Edinburgh over Christmas 2015.

PS – The Gruffalo + the Three Little Pigs

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10 Comments

  • Reply Elena 15th August 2015 at 8:17 pm

    She had such a quality and fun time!! lovely!
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    • Reply Sian 16th August 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Emily 18th August 2015 at 8:27 am

    My girls love the theatre. I’ve not heard of this show before, but it sounds really good and it looks like you had a good time #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 24th August 2015 at 9:04 am

      Thank you – it was great!

  • Reply Kate 18th August 2015 at 11:13 am

    Big fans of Julia Donaldson here, and Tiddler is a favourite of ours. Would love to take my kids to see this. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 24th August 2015 at 9:04 am

      They would love it!

  • Reply tracey at Mummyshire 18th August 2015 at 9:25 pm

    We reviewed this too – and loved the show just as much as you did, it seems!
    Mine are slightly older so they sat thru the show absolutely riveted. But we hopped across to China Town afterwards, so went the other way!
    Leicester Sq theatre does look after its audience well, and also the seating in the theatre is good for kids – there almost isn’t any seating in the theatre which doesn’t give the kids good vantage points
    Glad you enjoyed it!
    #TriedTested

    • Reply Sian 24th August 2015 at 9:05 am

      Ah can’t wait until I can take my kids to Chinatown!

  • Reply Colette B 19th August 2015 at 10:04 am

    I do love to see children’s books adapted for stage – such a wonderful experience for a little one and a great way to introduce them to theatre. I’m going to check if this is coming to us soon!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x
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    • Reply Sian 24th August 2015 at 9:05 am

      Fingers crossed it will! I agree it’s a great introduction for them.

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