We had an action packed Easter holidays with lots of days out, meeting up with friends and generally having fun. I’d kept one activity secret, mainly because I wasn’t sure how well it would go down! I’d booked tickets for Monkey to go to the theatre. We were off to see Peppa Pig’s Big Splash at the Riverside Theatre in Aylesbury. One of our NCT group had already booked tickets a while back, and I’d been toying with the idea for some time. It was on over the holiday’s – I booked it, row D – this could go badly wrong!! Monkey in a packed theatre, at the front, lots of noise. But I knew that Peppa and her friends were not life-size, it might be ok. So the day before the show, I revealed my secret. Monkey would be seeing Peppa Pig. Will Daddy Pig be there too Mummy? Yes, I think so.
I showed Monkey the Peppa Pig Live website so he could see what the show would look like. There won’t be anything scary, you will just be seeing Peppa Pig and her friends. It will be fun, oh, and your friends E and J are going too! He seemed excited, phew, maybe this would be ok.
I drove to Aylesbury, parked the car just around the corner from the theatre and we ate our lunch quickly. Then we were off, Monkey would be seeing Peppa Pig and he was still excited. It was our first visit to the Riverside Theatre, and really to Aylesbury. It’s somewhere I drive through to get to somewhere else really. Our tickets included free souvenir programmes for the show, we picked these up (I gave mine to E later) and Monkey bought Mr Dinosaur with some Easter money he’d been given. I thought Mr Dinosaur might come in handy if Monkey got scared or anxious.
We found our seats, wow, we really were very close to the stage. This could go horribly wrong. Seeing Peppa Pig could be a disaster. But Monkey was still excited, impatient to see Daddy Pig for some reason. Where is he Mummy? Is there going to be a big screen? No we’ll be seeing Peppa Pig on the stage Monkey. A bit like when we saw Andy and Mike last year.
I’d made sure we got to the Theatre early, so Monkey could get used to his surroundings before all the seats started to fill up. He was a bit unsure to start with but was soon looking forward to seeing Peppa Pig. He got to say hello to his friends E and J and then it was time for the show to start. I kept my fingers crossed as the curtains went back, at least we were near the exit if it all went horribly wrong!
What on earth was I worried about?? He loved seeing Peppa Pig and all her friends. Every time he saw George and his Mr Dinosaur, Monkey just roared with his own Mr Dinosaur. He joined in, called out when he was meant to and sang along to the Bing Bong song. It was going well, wow, what a relief.
Monkey wasn’t quite so impressed with the interval. Where have they gone, Mummy? I want to see Peppa!! Don’t worry, they just need a drink, they will all be back soon. Are you enjoying seeing Peppa Pig? Yes, Mummy, this is fun. Can I help mend the school roof? Maybe, we’ll see.
Before we knew it the curtain was up for the second half of the show. I really think the use of puppets was a great idea. I wasn’t sure how it would work as the puppeteers were so clearly visible, but the kids all loved it. Much better than adult life-size costumes, which must seem enormous to little children. I know that would have totally freaked Monkey out.
Monkey was doing really well, right up until the Big Splash! Being in row D wasn’t such a good idea at that point! But he sat on my lap and I calmed him down, it’s only a bit of water Monkey. By the end of the show, he was happy again, seeing Peppa Pig had gone down well. We both survived the experience!
Would you like to go to the Theatre again Monkey? Yes please, Mummy! Phew, the right result. I really can recommend Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, especially for more timid children. Our trip to the Theatre had been a success, seeing Peppa Pig was a highlight of the school holidays.
Now to convince Monkey that the Cinema really isn’t a scary place. I wonder whether Postman Pat the Movie can help with his next step up the bravery ladder?