Emily Brown and The Thing at Birmingham Hippodrome

Emily Brown and The Thing

One of our favourite family shows of last year was The Snow Dragon, a Tall Stories Production, at Birmingham Hippodrome. Therefore we were really excited to be invited back to review this year’s offering by Tall Stories, Emily Brown and The Thing.

Before the show there were colouring activities and crafts for the children to do. Mini designed her own version of what she thought The Thing was going to look like. There was also the opportunity to make a pom pom monster. We also bumped into the lovely family from Small House Big Trips, who were also there to review the show.

Emily Brown and The Thing tells the story of a brave heroine, Emily (Sophie Alice) and her Rabbit, Stanley (Jordan Turner). They are trying to get to sleep for the night but keep getting interrupted by The Thing (Sam Buitekant), who sends them on various missions to bring him things to help him sleep.

At it’s heart, Emily Brown and The Thing, is a story about acknowledging that its ok to be scared sometimes and having the courage to try to overcome your fears. The show uses clever transitions with the characters sometimes portrayed as puppets and sometimes as people. The set is simple, yet imaginative and effective as it transforms for each scene.

Emily Brown and The Thing

The music and songs throughout the show were catchy and at times funny too. All of the actors had great energy throughout and they were fantastic at engaging with the little ones in the audience.

The performance is held in The Patrick Studio, the smaller of two theatres at Birmingham Hippodrome. The smaller space makes it the perfect, intimate setting for children’s performances, without it feeling too overwhelming. It also cleverly means that little ones get a great view regardless of where they sit in the audience.

We all enjoyed the performance and think it be a great way to introduce little ones to their first theatre experience.

Emily Brown and The Thing

Emily Brown and The Thing runs for 55 mins and is aimed at children 3 years upwards. Babies in arms are welcome free of charge.

Tickets for Emily Brown and The Thing can be bought from the main Hippodrome website here.

Birmingham Hippodrome is also showing Peter Pan the pantomime until the end of January 2019.

Have a read of my round up post for more ideas for festive family shows near Birmingham for 2018.

All cast photographs were provided by and are owned by Birmingham Hippodrome.

Disclaimer: We were provided complimentary tickets to attend Emily Brown and The Thing. All views and opinions are entirely my own.



  1. December 31, 2018 / 11:10 am

    I’ve never heard of The Snow Dragon, but I love the idea of a play that shows children it’s ok to be scared. My youngest is scared of going to the loo on her own at the moment, and it would be great if she could outgrow that soon! Love the fact the children could do some colouring and various activities before the show too!

    • mommamack15
      January 4, 2019 / 6:10 pm

      bless her, hope it passes soon. The activities were a great idea to keep the children occupied whilst they waited for the show.

  2. December 31, 2018 / 11:51 am

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds lovely and that you had a great time. We’re quite fortunate in Northampton that we get quite a lot of shows at the theatre and I think this year we might take Poppy to her first show!

    • mommamack15
      January 4, 2019 / 6:11 pm

      First show, how exciting, ones like these tall stories ones are great as an introduction to the theatre as they’re not too long and really interactive.

  3. mammasschool
    December 31, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    This looks a fantastic performance to have been to, and the crafts before hand make a lovely touch. i think it’s great they do much more theatre aimed at children now

    • mommamack15
      January 4, 2019 / 6:12 pm

      The children seemed to enjoy them too and got them all excited for the show.

  4. January 2, 2019 / 1:32 pm

    Sounds like a great play! We took the boys to see Peter Pan at the theatre for Christmas and they loved it.

    • mommamack15
      January 4, 2019 / 6:13 pm

      Hope you all had a great time too.

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