*Contains gifted items.
The excitement of waiting was just too much and they couldn’t wait for it to get started!
We picked up a programme on the way in, we like to keep them as mementos. It gives lots of information about the show, the people behind it and what you can expect to see.
When we arrived and found our seats – which were fab, right in the middle and as the seats are all stepped we had none of the worry of someone tall blocking our view – we watched as the orchestra did their setting up and we were delighted to see that the members of the orchestra were all wearing Wallace & Gromit related costumes and accessories such as a cheese hat and a sheep . On the screen above them was an advert for the Aardman model making workshops that are running.
Before the show started they played an advert of the new Shaun The Sheep movie called Farmageddon coming out in October this year. We can’t wait for this, my daughter is a HUGE Shaun the Sheep fan.
The first half
The show starts with part one on the screen with Matthew Sharp – the presenter – waking up in his dressing room, quickly getting himself sorted out and running out through the audience and onto the stage. He is a full of fun character with oodles of enthusiasm. Not only that he is a super talented cello player and joins the orchestra led by conductor Steven Magee in numbers from Mozart and Debussy and even an absolutely mind blowing version of Bohemian Rhapsody. The music is interspersed with visuals on the screen of a hapless Wallace & Gromit as they attempt to create their new piece My Concerto in Ee, Lad. These have some very funny moments and in true Wallace & Gromit style it doesn’t quite go to plan, here’s a sneak peek:
An interval isn’t an interval without icrecream is it?!
The Second Half
The second half is a showing of The Wrong Trousers with the accompanying music played by the orchesta. I’ve seen The Wrong Trousers many times since it came out in 1993 (it’s a Christmas staple isn’t it?) but by far this was the best I’ve ever seen it, it added such atmosphere and depth to the short and my children watched it with their mouths wide open in between the giggles.
We regularly go to watch shows and pantomimes and I had no idea how the kids would take this show as it’s quite different to what they are used to however this did keep their attention. I think the mixture of music and visuals really worked and there’s something for everyone.
There’s still time for you to see it as there are a few dates left, you can check where and when here.
Other bits of interesting info
Carrot Productions are an innovative organisation: over the years they have commissioned several new works – both music and animation – to perform alongside The Snowman. They are relishing the opportunity to cover further new ground with this ambitious Wallace & Gromit tour.
Aardman, the world famous, four times Academy Award® winning animation studio, are creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts and Chicken Run among others. Nick Park’s Oscar-winning The Wrong Trousers was Aardman’s first 30-minute film and is one of the most successful animated films ever made.
Presenter Matthew Sharp is an internationally renowned musician, actor, director and performer. He is recognised as both a compelling classical artist and a fearless pioneer, with his adventures in music and across disciplines described as ‘unrivalled’ and ‘unprecedented’.
*We were gifted the family ticket for the purpose of this review however all opinions remian honest and my own.