The heavy red curtains were still closed when the lights dimmed and the familiar jingle started. A theatre full of kids squealed with delight like tweenage girls at a One Direction concert. The jingle was the theme song of the best pig to ever grace the television screen. Peppa Pig.
The show has already enjoyed a smash hit season on London’s West End and a sell out Australian tour. It’s back for more downunder with shows on both sides of the Tasman.
Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt, is as suggested in the title, about a treasure hunt. Peppa, along with little brother George and her friends Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Zoe Zebra embark on a treasure hunt with the help of Daisy, (a real person and not a puppet) and plenty of transport help from Miss Rabbit and Grandpa Dog.
The performers encourage lots of audience participation which the kids all enjoy. The fact that the puppeteers can be seen at all times, did not seem to distract them or detract from their enjoyment. The show held the attention of my 6 and 3 year olds for the full 70mins – excluding the boredom of the intermission. I could have kept them entertained during this time by spending money on showbags or other things, but I don’t do “merch”. However, there is definitely plenty of things to buy your young ones if you do wish to partake in the stuff. I’m pretty sure my kids were the only ones that left without a Peppa stuffed toy or balloon.
After the intermission there was a trippy scene involving glowing sea creatures. That was cool. Probably my favourite bit.
I would recommend Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt for any Peppa Pig fan. I wouldn’t recommend you take your baby if you plan on having it sleep while your toddler enjoys a nice quiet show, because this show is not quiet. It is singing and yelling and oinking and laughter. Your kids will LOVE it. Mine did.
For information on dates and how to buy tickets. Check out the website.