Monstersaurus at The Roses Theatre
October Half Term can be a bit hit and miss with the weather. So we jumped at the chance to pay another visit to The Roses Theatre. This time it was to see Monstersaurus. The production was from Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company and with a running time of 50 minutes was suitable for children aged 3 and upwards.
On this visit, we decided to arrive a little earlier and have a drink in the café. As the performance was at 11.30am, the girls both had a cake each to keep them going through the performance. One thing that I have noticed when we have visited The Roses, is just how friendly the staff are. Whether it be at the Box Office, Café or an usher, staff always have a smiling face to greet you.
When we went into the auditorium, the stage was illuminated with a strange purple glow and a laboratory-themed set was also surrounded in smoke. Strange noises were playing through the speaker system. It all felt a little eerie.
Patrolling the auditorium were two Scientists – well, actors in lab coats. We were asked to hold a jar of “strawberry jelly” which would be one of the “ingredients” used to make a monster later on in the show. If “strawberry jelly” was mentioned in the show, we had to hold it up high into the air. Emily was a little apprehensive about doing this….
Monstersaurus is all about a boy called Monty who is an inventor. His inventions don’t always work as he would like though. One day he finds a book about how to make a monster friend and gives it a go. The ingredients to make the monster are some of the ones being held by members of the audience. I was really surprised that Emily was happy to get out of her seat and take her ingredient down to the front. The monster Bogablob is made. He is portrayed by a puppet, and delighted the children in the audience by making rude noises.
The next day Monty has another go and makes Dusty the Dustmonster. Dusty causes problems for Monty as he spreads dust everywhere, messing up his room. However, he does sing a very catchy Country and Western style song. There is another problem though, Dusty and Bogablob fight. This means that Monty needs to make another monster to sort out the problem – and Monstersaurus arrives. I’m not sure about Monty’s logic, but Monstersaurus sends the other two monsters packing. Then he and Monty sing a song, and head off on an adventure before the performance ends.
Out of all the plays for children that we have seen, I think Monstersaurus has been the best. The single set and cast of 3 (with no switching of roles) makes it easy for young children to follow. There is lots of interaction with the audience and catchy songs which you can’t help but clap along to. The humour is perfect for both children and adults. I particularly enjoyed Monty’s mother reacting to his comment that being a mum wasn’t really a job.
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – especially Emily who was mesmerised by the whole performance. She laughed, clapped and sang along to the whole show. In fact we were all singing “Monstersaurus” during the afternoon. The show is perfectly pitched for 4 and 5 year olds and we would definitely recommend going to see it. Check out Monstersaurus on Facebook to find out where you can see it, and do have a look at what else is on at The Roses Theatre as it is a fantastic venue.
Disclaimer: We were given our tickets in exchange for a review of Monstersaurus, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own