Last week we were asked to review The Sooty Show at the Pavilion Theatre in Cromer. As it was the half term holiday it meant Dad-Dad could come with us. Ironically it was our 4th wedding anniversary – what a way to celebrate!
To be honest Adam has never seen The Sooty Show before on Citv. We were slightly apprehensive at the prospect of keeping our very active toddler still whilst in the theatre. We had everything crossed that the day would go well.
It couldn’t have started any better. When we arrived at Cromer work had begun on mending the sea defences. This meant there were diggers everywhere – even driving in the sea! Adam was in his element.
The Pavilion Theatre is a 510-seater venue perched at the end of Cromer Pier. It is the only Pier in Europe to produce a summer-long variety show. It was a perfect sized venue for Adam’s first theatre experience. We had a great view despite being near the back. There was a merchandise stall at the front of the theatre with reasonably priced memorabilia. We bought Adam a programme and a light up wand which distracted him until the show started.
We were obviously unable to take photographs during Izzy Wizzy Lets get busy – Its The Sooty Show! I would have loved to capture Adam’s face. We didn’t need to worry about Adam staying still because he was captivated by the whole experience. As soon as the lights went down he didn’t leave Dad-dads lap.
Without giving too much away about the show it is Sooty’s Birthday party. Apparently he has been turning 5 for as long as he can remember. Things are not going to plan. In true Sooty style there is lots of mess, mischief and mayhem. Not only were Sooty, Sweep and Soo on stage but also the legendary characters of Butch the bulldog and Ramsbottom the snake.
There was plenty to keep Adam occupied. Every time the door bell rang we would stand up and sing “Head, shoulders, knees and toes.” Adam would then carry on singing the song for several minutes! His favourite song “TwinkleTwinkle Little Star” was also included in the show. Richard Cadell did a brilliant job at entertaining the adults as well as the children and coped well when things didn’t always go to plan.
The show started at 11am and ended at 12.45 with a long interval. Adam wasn’t restless at all and he even waited at the end in order to meet Sooty and Richard.
As you can tell Adam loved Sooty – although he was determined to see how Sooty stayed in that blue box!
We shall certainly start watching The Sooty Show on Citv from now on. We had a fantastic family experience at the theatre and are now on the look out for other theatre shows suitable for Adam.
Sooty and his friends have been entertaining the nation since 1955. It was clear from the reaction of the children during the show that The Sooty Show will continue for many more generations.
Adam was 2 years and 5 months old.
Disclaimer: We were given three tickets to watch The Sooty Show. All thoughts and opinions are our own.