It is not often that you get to see a favourite book brought to life on stage.
J and I were both delighted to visit The Lowry to watch The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The theatre production includes three other stories by Eric Carle in addition to the iconic Very Hungry Caterpillar. The show opens with The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse followed by Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly before The Caterpillar takes centre-stage.
A simple narrative embellished by captivating illustrations is the hallmark of Carle’s books and the show holds true to this. His timeless characters are brought to life by a cast of three accomplished actors and a menagerie of 75 mesmerising puppets. What follows is a visual extravaganza in a riot of colour, sparkle and deft puppet manipulation.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, not least because audience participation was encouraged all the way through. Photography was allowed too, albeit without a flash. At one hour long, the show was just the right length to hold the attention of the large number of children in the audience.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show plays at The Lowry from Wed 22 to Sat 25 February, prior to a West End run. If you have a child who loves the little critter, or perhaps you are still enthralled by its ever-green appeal, then do watch the show. Check out The Lowry website for further details and to book tickets.
Disclosure: I was given press passes to attend a showing of this performance in exchange for the review. All opinions are my own. Images copyright The Lowry.