In The Night Garden Live Review

As you may have read on my last post (here) we were lucky enough to be able to go and see In the night garden live. Emily absolutely loves in the night garden, so I had really high hopes and I wasn't disappointed. I was slightly terrified that the magic would be ruined, by seeing a actor dressed in a Igglepiggle costume, or just the mere fact I had such high hopes. I was also nervous that Emily wouldn't sit through the hour long show, I worried that she would get bored and kick off. I'm pleased to say, this wasn't the case at all. We had a lovely family day out, and from the moment Emily saw the snowdome with the pictures of Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy and the Tombliboo's she was so excited. 

Setting off on our journey to Birmingham
We decided to take lunch with us, Emily gets very stressy if she doesn't get her lunch. We had a little picnic in the park while we waited for the show to start. I was dreading having a picnic, just because Emily is a escapee, the whole time she is trying to run or crawl away. Surprisingly she was really well behaved. 

The atmosphere was amazing, once inside the dome it was filled with the sounds of the show, which got everyone in the mood and added to the excitement. I loved the set up, there was plenty of space and the seating was clearly designed with little ones in mind. Rather than a traditional theatre there was just 13 rows of large carpeted, terrace stairs offering plenty of space for them too stand up, wander around, dancing and impromptu toilet breaks. There was also easy buggy parking, and access to baby changing. 

The show lasted about a hour, and was like a extended episode of the TV program. It began with the starry night scene at the beginning, and then told the story just like it did on the TV shows. The lights never fully went down, so their isn't any scary 'dark' moments for the children to endure. Emily absolutely loved the show, from the moment the 'lifesized' Makka Pakka character wheeled his little bicycle onto the stage, right until the end. I loved the fact they Incorporated the birds from the TV show into the show, In the night garden just wouldn't be the same without them. They projected onto the ceiling of the dome, which distracted the children from the stage, giving them a opportunity to adjust the set. The whole dome came to life, with a mixture of colourful projections, puppets, actors, and full size versions of the main characters, which makes it feel like you are actually in the night garden. It also featured the familiar narration from Derek Jacobi, the voice form the TV show.

We saw the Pinky Ponk show, where Makka Pakka washes everyone's faces, until his sponge becomes stuck in Upsy Daisy's mega phone. All of the characters appear in both shows, so there is no worry about missing your favourite. The whole show was beautifully put together, it was just like on TV, from the sounds the characters make to the costumes and the way they move. There was even bubbles falling from the ceiling which fit in with the scene that was playing on the stage. The whole show has a feel good feeling, it is impossible not to smile. 

It is worth noting that there is plenty of souvenirs on offer which will catch the eyes of your little ones, and it can make a lovely event expensive. We purchased a goody bag for Emily which was priced at £39. You can purchase the goody bag when you purchase your tickets, which would mean you would get a discount on the goody bag. I would definitely recommend getting the goody bag, it is full of exclusive In the night garden toys and souvenirs that you can't buy anywhere else. The 2015 goody bag contains a light-up windmill, a 5 piece mealtime set, a Upsy Daisy hand puppet, a Tombliboo soft toy, 'Time to wash faces' book, Where's Upsy Daisy Gone DVD, 'Igglepiggle Counts' book, and a copy of the In the night garden magazine. 

 If you've got a little one who loves In the Night Garden, I would definitely recommend a trip to see In The Night Garden. 

*I wasn't paid for this post. I received the tickets in exchange for the review. However all opinions are completely my own.*

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