You may have seen my preview post for Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels earlier in the year. Today we headed off to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, excited to see the show. As the performance fell in half term week, it made a special treat for Mini. I left Baby Mack with Nanny and went along with a friend for a girls trip out.
Last year we went to see The Snowman, another Carrot Productions performance at Coventry Cathedral, so were looking forward to seeing what was in store for Wallace and Gromit.
The idea behind Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels, is to enjoy the well known story whilst getting the experience of a live orchestra. As we arrived at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and took our seats, we could already see the orchestra on stage getting ready for the show. The Symphony Hall is no stranger to live music, and The Picture House Orchestra looked at home on the stage. The venue is fantastically designed to deliver an amazing sound experience, it felt magical to hear them perform alongside the show on the screen.
The show is presented by Matthew Sharp, who is witty and engaging. He bursts onto the stage through the audience, running late for the show and talks to Wallace and Gromit via a big screen backstage. Whilst we are waiting for them to put the finishing touches to a brand new musical masterpiece, we are treated to renditions of well know favourites. I loved the energetic performance of Bohemian Rhapsody whilst Mini couldn’t resist dancing along to The Wrong Trousers theme tune.
Matthew led the audience on a tour of the orchestra via video camera showing each instrument in turn. This was a lovely touch and helped the children in the audience learn more about the different instruments and how they look and sound.
After a short interval, The Wrong Trousers short film is shown on the large screen whilst the orchestra plays along. Having the live music definitely added a special touch and added to the dramatic effect of the story. Although I am already a massive Wallace and Gromit fan, Mini wasn’t familiar with the stories. She loved watching the film and laughed out loud at the antics.
We all enjoyed the performance, which with a total running time of 90 minutes is a perfect introduction to live music for children. Wallace and Gromit are stories that all ages can enjoy and still make me laugh even after watching them over and over.
Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels is touring throughout the Summer. For full tour dates and to book tickets click here.
Disclaimer: We were invited to Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.