A few weeks ago we headed off to Venue Cymru in Llandudno to see Gangsta Granny on stage. My boys are huge David Walliams fans, they really like the book so naturally were eager to watch the live performance. We had these review tickets booked for ages so were thrilled the date had finally arrived!
The talented Birmingham Stage Company excelled themselves, the whole audience was thoroughly entertained for the duration of the show. We had morning tickets so it was full to the brim with school groups and there was such a buzz in the crowd, all the children were getting caught up in the performance. Towards the end everyone was dancing in the aisles, the atmosphere was incredible.
Even though we have watched the film and read the book, the Birmingham Stage Company still gave their own take of Gangsta Granny; it felt very original in its own way. The scene changes were flawless and very clever, actually becoming part of the show. The actors were well suited to their parts; they were an incredibly gifted cast. We spotted an old favourite of ours playing Ben’s dad, we have seen Ben Martin at Warwick Castle before in the Horrible Histories live stage show, he always manages to add so much to the performance just with his facial expressions! We also enjoyed the dancing; Ben’s mum (Louise Bailey) is quite a flamboyant character.
I was completely immersed in the story line and even shed a tear for Granny near the end, she is such an adorable Granny I would eat her cabbage soup to keep her happy! It really makes you appreciate the older generation and think about whether they could be lonely, they won’t be around for ever so spend time with them whilst you can, although maybe not steal any crown jewels in the process… scrabble anyone?