Mini is a big Cat In The Hat fan, she’s read the books, seen the movie and loves watching the TV show too! When we were asked if we would like to review the theatre show, she literally jumped up and down with excitement. I think she loves the story so much because its crazy, fun and makes no sense at all, not that dissimilar to her! We both hoped that the theatre production managed to keep the same feel to it too.
We headed off to The Rep in Birmingham to see the show. It was lovely to have a girls night out, leaving Mr Mack looking after the baby.
“Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”
The show follows the story of Sally and her little brother. Their mother has left them at home for the day and they find themselves bored and stuck inside on a rainy day. They find a copy of The Cat In The Hat on the bookshelf. However as they start to read magic unfolds and they get a visit from the cat in the hat himself, all of a sudden their day becomes full of mischief, hilarity and trouble making!
The children were played by Melissa Lowe (Sally) and Sam Agnell (Boy). They both gave an energetic performance that could rival any Cbeebies presenter. They quickly built a great rapport with the audience, winning over the younger members with water pistol fun. They also managed to get everybody up on their feet to help sing along to the “rain, rain go away song” complete with actions of course.
Towards the start of the show Melissa dropped a glass jar full of water. She carried on with her performance so naturally that I was convinced it was part of the chaos of the scene. Unfortunately it wasn’t and a short break was called whilst the glass was cleared up. Mini and I debated for quite some time on the way home as to whether it really was an accident or part of the fun.
From the moment that the cat in the hat, played by Nana Amoo-Gottfried, came on to the stage, mischief unravelled. His performance of the well known character was cheeky yet commanding and Nana did a great job of putting his own stamp onto the role.
My favourite characters were Thing 1 (Celia Francis) and Thing 2 (Robert Penny). They both exploded onto the stage like a jack in the box and didn’t stop. They performed fantastic acrobatics as they bounced on, around and through the set. Their performance was mesmerising and highly talented.
The final character is Fish (Charley Magalit) whose role it is to try to warn the children away from making too much mess. Her operatic voice was beautiful, I’m sure it’s not that easy a task performing whilst inside an inflatable ball.
The Cat In The Hat was a true display of family fun. It was light hearted, comical and a bundle of silliness. The show would be perfect for seasoned Dr Seuss fans or those who are new to the story too. Mini told me it wasn’t just a good show, it was a fantastic show, so it definitely had her seal of approval.
The performance of The Cat In The Hat was 90 mins, including an interval. As the show began at 6.30pm it was perfect for a school night as it didn’t finish too late for little ones.
The Cat In The Hat runs until Sunday 3rd March at The Rep, Birmingham. Tickets prices start from £15, for further information and to book click here.
Production images were taken by Manual Harlan.
Disclaimer: We were invited to watch The Cat In The Hat for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.