Yesterday we went to see the Basil Brush tour in Llandudno, the boys and their friend did not stop giggling for the length of the show. Hubbie and I had a few little laughs ourselves (over the biscuit jokes especially!) which was an unforeseen surprise, but we should have expected it really as Basil Brush does have his own brand of mischievous humour!
I was taken aback by the make up of the audience it was not just parents and their children but a fair few grown up’s minus kids! I guess many were reminiscent of Basil Brush from their own youth and were keen to see him up to his usual tricks again. So if you are tempted to book but have no children of your own do not let it put you off.
It was a very interactive show, which is great to keep children occupied, they were encouraged to shout out “BOOM! BOOM! Basil” with regularity, to sing and even dance! At one point two volunteers were on stage to play a game of “meteorite catch” (youngest did not raise his hand as he thought they might be real rocks bless him!) it was engaging seeing so much audience participation. It also stopped children getting bored, as they do like to feel like part of the show.
Younger children might not be so keen on Basil’s evil nemesis with his creepy hypnotic eyes but all the wee references, potty humour and even a cream pie to the face make it appealing to them regardless. I like how the big screen on stage is incorporated into the show as although the set does not really change you still feel like your seeing something different.
They especially liked the Star Wars story and Basil Brush getting smacked with princess Stephen’s handbag! The extending straw trick was very good, I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Mr Stephen’s magic as he executed it flawlessly!
My favourite part was at the end the children (or even the grownups!) had the opportunity to take a photograph with Basil Brush and Mr Stephen, I think that was a nice little extra included in the ticket price. Not often do you get a chance to meet performers after a show and it certainly made it all the more memorable for them. Just don’t let your child go too close to the box in case they ruin the magic of seeing the Basil Brush operator hidden inside! My two missed him completely but sadly their friend clocked him. Chris Pizzey (Mr Stephen) did not rush anyone, you could have a signature or pat Basil, it was great to see him giving that time to those who had bought tickets.
If you’re a fan of Basil Brush or just enjoy slapstick humour then its worth booking tickets for one of the remaining shows on their website.