We have been lucky enough to watch In the Night Garden Live twice when it was performed in their travelling ‘pod’ which we really enjoyed. We were invited* to see their new show as it began it’s first ever tour of UK theatres.
We went to The Lowry Theatre in Manchester, which is such a beautiful and intimate theatre. The theatre was nice and full and an excited chatty crowd eagerly waited for the show to start, the place was awash with Upsy Daisy light spinners illuminating the darkened theatre.
Igglepiggle started the show looking for his friends, a cute puppet version of the popular character sailing in his boat, heading on his journey to the magical Night Garden. The scenes stir up all sorts of gasps, sighs and giggles of appreciation from the audience. It was lovely to see giddy children and parents, just as excited for their little ones.
When life size Igglepiggle entered the stage, the children gasped in delight. The atmosphere was electric and noisy every time a new character appeared.
Igglepiggle’s adventure began with his quest to follow noises, the audience are taken on a trip around the magical garden meeting all of the characters. Each character took their turn saying hello to the audience from the stage before dancing to their respective songs.
There was an appearance from the magnificent Makka Pakka and his trusty sponge, on hand to give Igglepiggle a face wash.
Upsy Daisy made a grand entrance to a chorus of gasps and shrieks from the audience, I think she is one of the favourites! The Ninky Nonk, the Pontipines, and of course the Tombliboos all joined in the adventure.
Eventually, after following the noises In The Night Garden, the friends were all reunited, just in time for bedtime.
The show is visually fantastic for the children and I loved the ending with all the characters being joined by the haboo’s for their signature ending.
The show lived up to our expectations and we absolutely loved it being in the theatre. There is something special about going to the theatre and I think introducing that to children from a young age is such a lovely thing to do.
After the show, we attended the after party and Lucas was very lucky to meet Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy. He was also given a goody bag of In the Night Garden souvenirs including finger puppets, a DVD and book. Lucas has offered to give away the goody bag to one lucky reader. If you would like the chance to win, enter below x