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BrumHour saw The Gruffalo at the invite of B:Music.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
This production contains: audience participation!
Review: The Gruffalo at B:Music Town Hall
⭐⭐⭐⭐A fun-filled family adventure!
Directed by Toby Mitchell, music and lyrics by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Three narrators tell the fun, single-act story of The Gruffalo, which is really a story about a mouse (Mia Ward) and the animals in the deep, dark wood that the mouse encounters, played by Katie Erich, before finally finding The Gruffalo (Adam Jay-Price).
Told with music, speech and British Sign Language, the story is joyfully told in just under one hour, as we see the expanded world of The Gruffalo. I enjoyed seeing the reaction of the young audience to this as there were many aged under six. The chances to shout out were great.
Mia Ward had the audience on-side throughout and there’s a whole moment where, just using Sign Language, Mia talks to the audience and gets them to offer support to the Mouse.
The story itself is about using resources at hand to deal with perceived threats, the mouse doesn’t want to be anyone’s lunch and needs to talk their way out of the situation.
The set features many moving elements and there are lots of fun transformations for the actors to make.
A fun-filled family adventure, The Gruffalo is at B:Music Town Hall until 15th January 2023, book tickets here: bmusic.co.uk/events/the-gruffalo.