Today I’m breaking my ‘no social media for lent’ rule by reviewing the most excellent Babe, the Sheep Pig, which we saw earlier this week at The Lowry, Salford Quays. Has to be done – it was such a good show!
Babe is a great story for young children (although we saw quite a lot of older children and adults, too!) – a story of friendship, adventure and bravery. I remember reading the book by Dick King-Smith when I was younger and it was one of those early books that I couldn’t wait to read more of, couldn’t put down.
This production features a West End cast and is adapted by Olivier Award winner David Wood who has also adapted the likes of Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG.
If you’re not familiar with the story, it follows Babe’s rise to become a world famous sheep-pig. Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm and is taken in by the trusty sheep-dog Fly who becomes his adopted Mum, learning to lead the most comical sheep! He makes lots of animal friends on the way and faces a number of piggy trials and tribulations.
The highlights of this production for us were the stunning puppetry and music/percussion. The clever music gave a sense of momentum and created atmosphere at key parts in the story. My girls, age 6 and 4, were enthralled by the puppets (and as an adult, we could easily forget they were puppets at all – so clever!).
It’s not easy to entertain young children for 2 1/2 hours in the Easter holidays – but Babe certainly did. The audience got involved at key parts in he production and this created a sense of fun and adventure that the children could be part of.
The Lowry is also an excellent venue for children. It’s easy to get to, it has lots of restaurants and shops at The Lowry outlet across from the theatre. The theatre itself has a number of bars and cafes. My girls really enjoy visiting.
We look forward to more Lowry shows in the future- next stop Fantastic Mr Fox in the summer!
Disclaimer: My family were invited free of charge to review Babe the Pig Live. All opinions are our own.