Gangsta Granny – fun for kids (and big kids!)

I’ve always delighted in going to the theatre from a young age. It started with the panto – every year my parents would take us to our local theatre to watch it. As I got older this progressed into musicals, and before long I was a real theatre addict…and still am today.

Introducing children to the theatre at a young age can be tricky. You have to ensure you get the right kind of production – one that is not too long so that you don’t lose their interest, and one that they can understand, follow, and enjoy. With this in mind I took 4-year-old Rowan to see Gangsta Granny at the Bristol Hippodrome.

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It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake to eat and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be soooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

Gangsta Granny is the stage adaptation of the best selling book by comedian David Walliams. That alone guarantees it will be funny! The show follows 11-year-old Ben as he is forced to spend Friday evenings with his boring granny.

I thought I would write this review with a little help from Rowan, who absolutely loved the show. His thoughts are in bold:

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Granny is funny! She eats lots of cabbage soup and keeps farting!

What is it about little boys and farting?! They just seem to find it hilarious! Throughout the show there is a lot of farting, which kept Rowan (and the other little boys in the audience) entertained! Louise Bailey was the stand in Granny for the night, and was a firm favourite with the audience. Her exaggerated actions got a lot of laughs, and she was the central part of the show, even when not on stage.

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Ben and Granny climb up a toilet to steal the jewels! They might get covered in poo!!

Again – the obsession with poo and toilets! The scene where they try to steal the crown jewels was very amusing. It was a pretty average plot, but the acting of Louise, and Ashley Cousins (who plays Ben) really bought it to life. The pair bounce off each other, and their partnership was great. I think this was Rowan’s favourite scene, and it was the one that got the most laughs from the younger ones in the audience.

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Look at the funny costumes! Ben can’t dance like that – he looks silly!!

Ben’s parents are big fans of Strictly Come Dancing, and to keep them happy (and cover up for his plans to rob the jewels) he takes part in a junior dance competition. In one scene we were treated to Ben in a range of ridiculous and flamboyant outfits, put together by his mum. Ben’s parents were a great double act. Played by Rachel Stanley and Ben Martin, the parents are over the top, exaggerated, and funny. They even appear in the audience for some scenes.

So Gangster Granny is a real family show, and for the final review it’s over to Rowan:

That was really funny! Can we go and see it again please?!



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