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It’s the summer holidays, and the season of vamped-up childcare masquerading as children’s theatre. Yet if you were hoping to sit your kids passively in front of something quiet for an hour, you might want to give Stig of the Dump a miss. Tom Attwood’s music has them twisting in the aisles, learning a dance routine every ten minutes. The CBeebies star Katy Ashworth makes for a very energetic Grandma; real-life grannies will find it harder to keep up.
Overall, this is a greatly entertaining show for children, who will likely leave the theatre repeating the songs and dances they’ve learnt.
In order to generate dramatic conflict, Mike Kenny’s deft adaptation foregrounds other members of Barney’s family – his eccentric grandparents and feisty sister Lou. However, it is Shepperd’s marshalling of the high octane cast, including CBeebies’ Katy Ashworth, Gabriella Slade’s meticulous set, Casey Jay Andrews’ striking puppet Stig and the responses of the eager audience that really bring this show to life.
This charming story has stood the test of time and is well presented here for young children of today. Be prepared to join in with the singing and dancing with Stig and his friends.