Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is one of those stories that is a real classic. Everyone loves Elmer and the simple message the story brings. There are, of course, many different Elmer stories now, complete with Cousin Rose, Grandpa Eldo and all manner of friends.
We read Elmer here a lot, and all three children really enjoy it. We today headed to see the stage show over in Blackburn at King Georges Hall and it was absolutely fantastic.
I wasn’t too sure how they would portray the elephant, but they did it with a large loveable puppet and it was fantastic – so clever and thoroughly engaging.
We saw it in Blackburn at King Georges Hall, a venue I’ve not been too for many years (I think the last time was a Paolo Nutini concert). When we arrived we collected our tickets and headed up to our seats. The hall has lots of elegant splendor but the seating was super spacious, which meant that we had plenty of room to clap and engage with the show. Sometimes older buildings, whilst beautiful, can feel a little cramped in the seating, but King Georges Hall is a perfect venue.
The acoustics are fantastic so it really works well for shows, and it’s well located in Blackburn centre, close to car parks and not far at all from the rail and bus transport links.
The stage was set and some music and animal sounds were playing. It created a lovely atmosphere for us and once the lights went down and the first characters arrived on stage, the children were mesmerised. The birds that open the show are fantastic and it’s amazing how much individuality and character the human actors manage to convey through the puppets.
The show is wonderful and opens with much of the start of the original Elmer story. Elmer learns about himself, and that it doesn’t matter what his outside looks like, his true colours shine through. There are lots of character to meet throughout the show – Daniel and Harry loved the monkeys and Emma and I loved the lion.
There’s lots of singing and audience participation in this show; and at around an hour-long, it’s perfect for smaller children to enjoy. The songs are fantastic and guaranteed to get you singing and clapping along.
Children at the theatre
I really enjoy taking the children to the theatre, and the children enjoy it too. Emma took the opportunity to wear a new dress that she was recently sent from La Coqueta. They make the most beautiful girls dresses and Emma looks very sweet in her dress.
We chose the Daniela dress and it’s made from a beautifully soft cotton that sits lovely on her (and happily washes really well). It’s practical for a day of playing, as well as looking smart enough for a day out at the theatre.
The dress came in its own cotton bag and wrapped up, making it a very lovely item to gift. I love the simplicity of the design and it is very much a practical and stylish dress for her. It was the perfect dress for the grandeur of the King George’s Hall, and she has already asked if she can wear it for the Pantomine in the winter (I’ve yet to break to her I’ve not got Pantomine tickets!)