"What the Ladybird Heard" is a family show produced by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with Matthew Gregory and is based on a picture book of the same title written by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. The show is about two crafty robbers and one tiny ladybird. The show has reached its final tour date at The Lowry with live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs.
Lily (Ladybird) was played by Emma Carroll. Carroll created a really loveable character and helped to move the story along smoothly making it more interesting.
Lanky Len (First Crafty robber) was played by Benedict Hastings. Hastings made the character of Lanky Len funny, and used his voice tone to amuse everybody. Lanky Lens stupidity has built up the amusement in the audience.
Hefty Hugh (Second Crafty robber) was played by Edward Way. Way presented the character of Hefty Hugh in a serious way making it more comedic.
Lily (Ladybird) (Emma Carroll) (Image: Michael Jean-Marain)
Hefty Hugh (Edward Way) and Lanky Len (Benedict Hastings)
(Image: Michael Jean-Marain)
The farmer was played by Emma Brenton. The farmer acted as a narrator throughout the performance whilst also working on the farm. Brenton did an amazing job of narrating and moved the story well.
The set was very well designed, and the props were amazing. I particularly loved how all the animals were made from objects around the farm.
The costumes were bright and vibrant which fitted with the young audience. The costumes helped to engage children to watch the show.
All the songs throughout the show were very good and helped put into perspective what was happening throughout the show. The songs were fun, catchy and helped make the performance even more enjoyable and I must admit that I still have some of them stuck in my head.
The show is a brilliant production for young children. I also really loved the range of musical instruments played on set for the audience to see. The show was simply entertaining and great.
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Overall, the show explodes with fun, excitement and is a very enjoyable show.