Review: Farmyard fun at Norwich theatre is a real family treat

What The Ladybird Heard

What The Ladybird Heard - Credit: Robert Workman Photographer

It is already a much-loved children's book and now it is has been brought to life as part of a beautifully crafted stage show.

What the Ladybird Heard, an award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, flew into Norwich's Playhouse - much to the delight of scores of children and their parents.

Adapted and directed by Graham Hubbard the stage show stays true to the book about two crafty robbers, a farm filled with animals - including a fine prize cow - and of course one tiny ladybird.

Young and old do not clap eyes on the ladybird until about half-way through but it is a joy to see the farmyard fraternity being assembled by the small but skilled cast.

They make a dog out of brooms, a sheep out of a wheel barrow and bike handlebars, a goose out of a watering can, a horse out of a bike, a pig out of a barrow and a barrel and there is even a singing fine prize cow.


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It is a magical moment when we finally catch glimpse of the clever little ladybird which never before has said a word but ultimately foils Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len's cunning plan to steal the fine prize cow.

With original songs, live music, comedy, puppetry and even some singing from the audience this is a terrific treat for young and old alike.

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And if you don't believe me Judy ask my three-year-old daughter who could not stop clapping.

The show runs until Sunday, July 8.

For ticket information call 01603 598598.

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