This month Sucrose got to meet her favourite animated character Peppa Pig courtesy the Peppa Pig Live!tour from UK. Leave her, the excitement was palpable among parents too. When I received a call from one of her friend’s mother a month ago asking if I would be booking tickets for the show, I was amused by how she was practically jumping with joy.
I was skeptical to say the least, as I was well aware of my dear daughter’s attention span when it came to shows, movies or other events. I had to make sure I didn’t end up spending futilely on something that could be better enhanced over phone or TV. But she loved Peppa and sometimes through grins and chuckles explained Peppa/ her friend’s or George’s predicaments as if they were all right there with her. So I booked tickets for the show and crossed my fingers that the day would be fruitful.
Lady luck shined on us as the heavy rains lashing our dear city since the night before let up in the morning, and the show progressed as planned. Her friends also turned up and we each got our seats. A sprinkling of luck on the Peppa fan got her an opportunity to meet Peppa after the show even though I hadn’t picked up the ticket for that. Someone who overheard her question on not having the ticket to meet Peppa, came over and gave a spare one. On hindsight, I felt I should have picked up the “Meet and greet Peppa” ticket, because that was about the only best thing about the show.
We went into the auditorium after some serious ticket scanning and bag check. The auditorium was surprisingly empty despite the second bell ringing. The rains had played spoil sport to the attendance it looked like.
The Show: Haley, Peppa’s friend takes us to Peppa’s house on the hill and together they take us through an album of memories. Most of them of course are what the children have already seen on Peppa’s videos. Sucrose could relate to Daddy pig getting lost in the park and leaving the picnic basket behind. Also of Daddy pig becoming a magician for Peppa’s birthday party. There is a lot of singing and dancing with Haley and her assistants helping Peppa and her troupe’s story telling. The stage and backdrops were quite innovative and good and it was nice to hear the cute piggy’s voice that these kids and through them us parents have come to love.
But since these characters weren’t acting or speaking themselves, the show was a tad boring. The kids later asked Peppa – Peppa can you talk? After getting used to seeing Peppa’s lively movements on screen, I think Sucrose had trouble relating to the huge headed characters prancing about on stage. Since the characters themselves couldn’t talk, there was the dance and singing to take comfort from. The icing on the cake however was for those who paid the top price for a meet and greet with Peppa. The kids were given an opportunity to get on stage and pose with Peppa. They were ecstatic.
My verdict: This show would work for true blue Peppa fans. And even then only because they would get to meet Peppa in the end. Otherwise this event could be well avoided. Get your child a few over-rated toys or memorables instead. That at least would last a bit more than the memory of voice over characters dancing on stage.
Oh don’t mind me too much. I am a jaded 40 year old talking.