Review – Up and Down by Ga Ga Theatre Company

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I love the month of May. It’s my favourite month. Everything looks green and beautiful and it’s the Brighton Festival…so everything seems to be happening. One of the many ‘festival’ type things we did at the weekend was visit the Duke of York’s cinema in Brighton to see the Ga Ga Theatre Company’s production of ‘Up and Down’ (based on Oliver Jeffers book about a Penguin who wants to fly). 

We were kindly invited to go along and experience this interactive 40 minute production. It’s a gentle, fun story aimed perfectly at small children aged 3 and up. Little G sat captivated and got into the spirit by shouting at the actors at the appropriate times. The images from the lovely picture book were brought to life on the big screen and there was a gentle soundtrack to accompany the story (though you definitely didn’t need to know the book to enjoy this production).

I don’t want to spoil it for you, but our favourite parts involved the clever use of a colourful parachute and also when the actors came into the audience to ask the children their favourite zoo animals…after a series of ‘lions’ and ‘elephants’, what did Little G say? ‘Dinosaurs!’ Of course.

The show is touring Picturehouse independent cinema venues and you can find out more by visiting the Ga Ga Theatre Company’s website. With a coffee clutched in hand (and a croissant), it was definitely a fun way to start the weekend.

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Photos courtesy of Ga Ga Theatre Company

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