19th November 2014
Having to spend the whole day out of the house to avoid rewiring dust so time to get Betty acquainted with the theatre. She has mastered the cinema, sort of…
The Hammersmith Lyric has performances of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas. The Snowman is most famous, but I remember having the Father Christmas goes on Holiday book as a child. The casting in this show is spot on, Father Christmas looks just like he does in the book. He is the only character really with one woman voicing and puppeting the dog and cat and another providing sound effects. I thought the sound effects were the best part, she was a struck match, gas lighting, tea pouring, bones creaking and all of the excellent instrumentals on trumpets and whistles.
The show was just like the book, I really felt like it looked like the illustrations had come to life and the humour remained also. The puppeteer did an excellent job with the dog, cat and reindeer and her cheeky expressions while helping with scene changes. Really amazing production, shame it’s aimed at children.
Was very impressed by Betty, not only did she behave for the whole show, she actually paid attention always following the action. She had a couple of shrieks, once when she didn’t like the squeaky, yapping dog and then only through excitement of the situation, mainly the noisy, egg laying hen.
Baby friendly info:
Hammersmith tube is step free
The Lyric theatre has a buggy park on the ground floor and changing facilities in the disabled toilet.
Father Christmas is aimed at under 6s