This Easter Sunday, Emma and her mini Mumblers (Billy aged 5 and Jessie aged 2.5) have had a wonderful time at the Warwick Arts Centre where they are currently running an adaptation of the popular children’s book ‘The Monstersarus’…this is how they enjoyed it
We arrived about 45mins before the performance was due to start and were directed upstairs where there were plenty of craft activities to entertain the kids – we decided to create our own ‘monsters’ – lots of gluing, sticking and colouring later and my two little monsters had created a couple of 3D self portraits!!! Once we had unstuck ourselves, we headed down to the Arts Centre café with just enough time to enjoy a drink and ‘monster themed’ cupcake before we were called to take our seats in the Goose Nest Theatre.
There is no allocated seating arrangements and so you need to get there early if you want seats at the front – we managed to grab a couple of seats further towards the back and still had a great view of the stage.
The performance itself was fab – The story of a little boy ‘Monty’ who, in the school holidays, finds a book on how to create monsters! There’s lots of singing and dancing, with a fair bit of audience participation, and it kept my two entertained for the full 50 minutes.
I think this is a fantastic performance for children of all ages – although if you are thinking of taking younger ones, be warned that although the characters aren’t ‘scary’ as such, my youngest sat on my lap for a fair amount of the performance as some characters were a bit loud! I also think that 50 minutes is quite a long time for a feisty 2.5 year old to have to sit still for!!! The recommended age for the performance is 3+ and I can understand why.
My son had just recently read the book in his reception class and so he was completely enthralled throughout the whole performance!