REVIEW: The 3 Little Pigs at The Brewery – Tobacco Factory theatre

It’s pig o’clock at the Brewery Theatre this half term, with Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company’s tip top half-term treat for tots – The 3 Little Pigs.

The classic nursery tale is given a fresh approach through puppetry, humour and music.

It retains the basic story we are all familiar with: Pigs meet wolf. Pigs build series of houses to avoid wolf. Pigs lose wolf.

Its simplicity and bags of humour make the show a resounding success with the young audience and adults alike.

The show is surprisingly captivating for 55 minutes of puppetry and the story well padded out with additional wolf characterisation and some great house building. 

As the majority already know the story, little ones are able to participate fully, yelling out answers to help the pigs and insults to hurt the wolf.

Throughout, the young audience are either laughing with glee or screaming out to the puppets.

Such participation can only be a sure sign of a show’s success.

The puppet pigs themselves are cute but full of character.

Whilst the original ending sees the wolf landing up in hot water, thankfully, a more gentler approach is taken here.

Everybody lives, more or less happily ever after.

The exuberant Marc Parrett was fantastic as Mr J. Arthur Wolfington-Smythe.

A fab take on the Big Bad Wolf, his performance combined suave intelligence, gentle menacing, with a hint of preschool Rhys Ifans in one blended mix.

Strong performances were given by the Three Little Pigs.

The notable dumb and dumber characterisations by the two older pigs were balanced by a sympathetic and clever Tiny pig.

Early years performance expert Niki McCretton had her hands full with pigs and houses but was also great when her turn came around to being the Big Bad Wolf.

There’s always a gem of a show to be found at the Tobacco Factory and Brewery Theatre. Parents, don’t miss this one.

Age recommendation 3 – 7 years

The Brewery Theatre
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 February
11am and 2pm, + 4pm Friday and Saturday

Tickets: £6
Box Office:  0117 902 0344
Online: www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com