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Star rating: *****
Written by Rod Campbell, this is one of my son’s ultimate favourite books! It had to go everywhere with him when he was pre-toddler age and he knows it inside out, now. The transition to stage has been made smoothly and beautifully, with every great element of the book translated into a superb theatrical production.
The story is told by Ben, Sally and Sam the Zoo Keeper, they guided the young audience through the popular tale brilliantly. There was plenty of audience interaction and opportunities for the children to join in with songs, counting and to help regale the story.
In the various colourful crates, we see Ben receive a number of unsuitable pets from the Zoo following his letter to them, asking for a pet. There’s an elephant, he’s too big, a giraffe who’s too tall and a very naught monkey. The animal characters are either portrayed by puppetry or performed by members of the cast – every animal is engaging and for the little ones and they each have their own musical number too!
This show is the perfect running time and there’s no interval so momentum isn’t lost. If you’re looking for a family trip to the theatre, this is one of the best. As a first visit to the theatre, it’s definitely the most ideal for all young ages.