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Our family loves the theatre.   Between us we’re lucky enough to have seen most of the big shows, but we enjoy local amateur dramatics just as much.  There’s nothing like sitting in a creaky old seat, with ice cream during the intermission and performances that make your eyes wide.

We chat about the shows we’ve seen for years, much longer than any movie or trip to a theme park.  Like the time Beth realised a plot twist at the end of Wicked, when we witnessed a marriage proposal at the end of Top Hat or when we got such great seats that a bit of St Jimmy’s sweat dripped on me while we watched American Idiot (true story).

Dottie watching sponge at z arts Manchester children's theatre

I hope that Dottie grows up with the same love of the arts that we have and undoubtably the best way to encourage that is to introduce her to the theatre as early as possible.  That’s why I was very pleased, if a little confused when I heard about Sponge, a stage show created for very young children.

We watched the show at Z-Arts in Manchester, a venue I haven’t visited before but straight away I felt at home.

The audience was a made up of pre-school children and their grown ups.   We sat on the floor of the stage area with our shoes off and the show began.

It was a bizarre mixture of 70s style music, kids TV presenter clothes and sponge…actual sponges.   The actors, a lady and a man, don’t speak but communicate with each other and us, through dance and facial expressions.

Dottie watching sponge at z arts Manchester children's theatre

I kept trying to find a story within the show but I couldn’t.   Then I realised that the reason I couldn’t was because the show wasn’t made for me, it was for Dottie.  She doesn’t care about the start, middle and end.  It makes no difference to her what the actors are trying to say to each other so long as it looks interesting and engaging.  And interested and engaged she was.

Dottie LOVED the show and was especially pleased when towards the end, the two performers invited the audience to join them.

Dottie watching sponge at z arts Manchester children's theatre

“This is 100% the weirdest day of my life…so far”

Dottie squealed as we piled up sponge and knocked it down, squished it up and threw it in the air but I think her favourite part was sitting in a bucket and being swung around!

Dottie watching sponge at z arts Manchester children's theatre

“Dude I’m not sure about this.”

Dottie watching sponge at z arts Manchester children's theatre

“Weeeee!”

Dottie watching sponge at z arts Manchester children's theatre

“You my friend are bloomin’ awesome!!”

I would wholeheartedly recommend this show and Z-Arts in general, as a perfect introduction to the theatre.  We’ll definitely be visiting again.

What’s your favourite stage show?

love Rachel

x

 

Be a social butterfly...

  • This looks like fun. Not been to a show in ages. My daughter would find this interesting.

  • Elanor

    This sounds totally weird, but totally amazing all at the same time! I wish I’d had things like this to go to when my kids were wee – that sponge bucket looks awesome!! 😀

  • Jazmin Williams

    The photos are amazing! It looks like something my old work used to do. I worked for a theatre charity and they did lots with kids and even did a drama group for toddlers 🙂

  • Ickle Pickle

    Oh my goodness what adorable photos! Pickle will be going to his second panto this Christmas – he loved it last year. Kaz x

  • Jazmin Williams

    I love the photos! I think the theatre is a fantastic place 🙂 x

  • Saccharine Soul

    Oh I hope she had a great time – she looks so precious!

  • This looks like so much fun! I’m sure she enjoyed it! 😀

  • Oooh how cute! Hope she enjoyed herself xo