Review: What the Ladybird Heard at New Theatre.

Four performers on stage on a farm.

Today we had the pleasure of seeing one of our favourite books come to life on stage at New Theatre, Cardiff. What the Ladybird Heard is a Julia Donaldson classic, we have the sound effects version of the book and we adore it. 

What the Ladybird Heard is a fun and clever story set on a farm with a variety of animals who make all kinds of interesting sounds. The Ladybird however remains quiet and watchful, so when two pesky burglars try to break into the farm to steal the fine prize cow she hatches a plan to catch them out!

Lady with a flute next to a ram prop.

Molly was super excited to see the show, she is a total bookworm and obsessed with all things Julia Donaldson so I couldn’t wait to see her reaction. The stage was set with a sweet farmyard scene and lots of interesting looking props.

The actors arrived on stage with energy and fun at the forefront of their performances; Lily the storyteller/Ladybird (Emma Carol), a farmer (Emma Breton) and the two burglars, Lanky Len (Benedict Hastings) and Hefty Hugh (Edward Way). They encouraged the audience to participate which was really exciting and engaging, especially with the broad range of children attending. A lot of children’s shows have a young age range, but there was a large mix for this show (as it should be for all kids shows!). 

Two burglars with showering water (confetti) coming down on them and a girl laughing behind them.

I really loved the quirky costumes and use of humour, Molly pointed out how Lanky Len reminded her so much of Mr Bean and giggled quite a lot at his mannerisms and cheeky humour. I really loved Hefty Hugh, he was really entertaining and you could tell how much he loves to perform. 

The use of props was really inspiring, when they started creating the animals from the various props around the set the audience was truly mesmerised. 

The musical side of things brought the story to life, and on the way home we were singing the songs together – yes, they get stuck in your head! I think the songwriting could have been a bit more powerful, but it was still entertaining and a lot of fun.

The show is just over an hour long so perfect for little (and big!) kids, it means they won’t get bored and restless, which is always good…

Have you been to see the show? What did you think?

What the Ladybird Heard is running until 25th February 2018. Get your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!


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