Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Horrid Henry - Liverpool Playhouse (Tour & West End)

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
Adaptor: John Godber
Director: Hannah Chissick
Reviewer: Reece O'Toole & Katie Hill (age 10) & Auntie Steph (?)

Reece & Katie
When we got there and collected our tickets we were given a programme each which was filled with lots of fun things to do and jokes, it also had things in of interest like who was playing who in the play.

We had great seats and could see everything that was going on, on the stage. It was a little bit late starting but that was ok because we sat reading our programmes and telling each other the jokes.

When the show started Horrid Henry came on and was being told off by his mum and dad and sent to his room. He was in his room when he started to imagine what things would be like if he were king or had his own show, (We thought that was very funny because this was his show.) Whenever he thought about people he knew they would appear in the walls of the stage in an opening like a window or a door, before the first one appeared we thought it was a tiled wall like in a bathroom, but it wasn’t. Katie and me really liked the people who played Horrid Henry because they were very funny and we could not stop laughing all the way through it.

Auntie Steph
Horrid Henry is definitely a child orientated show, it has the child transfixed from beginning to end and the way they used the wall as the windows to his mind was ingenious, with every character Henry thought of while telling his stories appearing right on cue to take his or her part in the show.

Horrid Henry was played by Steven Butler and Stephen McGill as his Henry in his mind, they were both exceptional in their roles, it cannot be easy to take on a role as famous as Horrid Henry in front of a theatre full of his fans especially those fans being children who know every move and saying that Henry is well known for, but they achieve this and keep the children well entertained along with the other cast members, who were playing mulitple roles each managed to pull of their characters fabulously.

Credit should be given to the John Godber who adapted the Horrid Henry stories for this show, while still managing to keep Henry’s cheeky sense of humour which could so easily have been lost.

Director Hannah Chissick has a winner on her hands with this show as it is sure to attract children from all over the country, many who perhaps have never stepped foot into a theatre before and ensure that they all leave having had a wonderful and fascinating night. The costumes, the set and the lighting all made sure Horrid Henry and his friends is a must see for all children aged 5 to 100.

Photo: Robert Day
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