Even though I’m a mother, I’m not a massive fan of Children’s Theatre, except of course for Panto which I love. In my experience it is usually mostly geared to really young children and as the result teenagers miss out. Plus the last thing I want to do is to sit and watch something aimed at five-year-olds. I’m also ashamed to admit that I never read The Twits as a child. So I therefore did my homework by quizzing my 12-year-old with what it was all about before reviewing it at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
The story line sounded hilarious, so I was more than happy to go along. It was lovely to see the theatre full of children with smiling faces, and to see the members of the cast chatting among the audience as they awaited for the show to start – such a lovely touch.
The Twits are about Mr & Mrs Twit (Robert Pickavance and Jo Mousley) who live in a disgusting caravan… they are a revolting couple, who spend their days playing dirty tricks on each other and mistreating Muggle-Wump monkeys as well as their sticky trick to catch Roly-Poly birds for their bird pies. But for how long will their plan last? Someone needed to teach them a lesson!
I have felt in the past that Children’s Theatre had always been a little bit dated, cheesy and kind of cringe worthy. However it was refreshing to see this show was more updated, sharper and the set pleasing to the eye – and not only for the children but also for the adults. Much of the show, although simple, was effective and modern.
When you read The Twits, all you really learn about is Mr & Mrs Twit but I have to say the storytellers were a huge part of the show, with their mannerisms as animals, whether monkeys or birds so believable, and their talents were endless with singling, dancing, acrobats and more.
I was lucky enough to take both a seven and twelve-year-old with me and am delighted to report that they both thoroughly enjoyed it which shows that not only did it hit different target audiences but also as I thoroughly enjoyed it the whole way through there is definitely something for everyone.
For a fabulously disgusting night grab yourself some tickets if you dare. Just a word of warning – don’t have spaghetti for dinner before you go!
The Twits runs until Saturday 28th January 2017 at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Tickets are available from http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/aylesbury-waterside-theatre or call the Box Office on 0844 871 7607.