Being a blogger means that every now and then an email arrives in your inbox with something that makes you very excited. A week or so ago the children and I were invited to attend the launch of the stage show The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.
I’ve been toying with the idea of taking Daniel to the theatre for some time now, so this was the perfect introduction. So, Tuesday morning I set off to make the short trip to Liverpool, a city I really haven’t visited enough despite it being so close to home.
We parked up at a nearby car park and headed over to the theatre. I love the theatre and try to go two or three times a year. I have seen some fabulous shows over the years and I am keen for Daniel and Emma to experience the joy of the theatre too.
The Epstein Theatre itself is a beautiful old theatre, and I can only imagine the actors that have tread the boards there and the shows that have been staged. It is a stunning Grade II listed building. When we arrived we took the stairs up to a room where there were plenty of colouring activities laid out for the children. It is a beautiful and light area.
Daniel and Emma aren’t familiar with the story of the Tiger Who Came to Tea, it’s not a book that I have introduced to them yet. However we enjoyed talking about the pictures and Daniel coloured in a copy of the cover image (and Emma bashed a pencil against it). The tiger then made his entrance. Emma was quite excited and was happy to ‘high five’ him and tried to stroke him a few times. Daniel, however clung to me crying. He wasn’t impressed and was, under no circumstances, going to say hello to him!
We then moved through into the theatre itself and onto the stage for a reading of the book. The lady who read it is, I think, the Manager of the theatre and she was brilliant. The children were all really engaged and the tiger snuck around the stage, much to everyone’s delight. Daniel was super engaged in this and was even smiling and laughing at the tiger!
Afterwards we headed back into the main room and enjoyed a tea party (complete with jam sandwiches much to Daniel’s delight as he snaffled three of them!) and the tiger was on hand for more photographs.
We had a lovely day out at our tea party with a tiger and I can’t wait to go back to see the show in June with the children. When Damian came home and asked Daniel what we had done, Daniel said ‘saw a big tiger’ and ‘had food and jam sandwiches’ so I suspect when we head back in a few months time we will be having a picnic of jam sandwiches.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is on at the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool from 9th – 14th June 2015. Tickets can be purchased here. You can read more about the stage show here. It looks brilliant and I am so excited to be taking Daniel and Emma back in a few months time.
Have you taken your toddler to a stage show? How did it go? Any tips for when I go in June?