Review: Aliens Love Underpants at the Rose Theatre
Back in the days when I had a social life, I used to adore going to the theatre. Being a London dweller I would go and see live shows as often as some people go to the cinema. I have always been impressed by how much so few people can achieve on stage.
Now of course it’s all about the kids, and it’s great to pass on a little tradition to them. We were lucky enough to be given press tickets to see Aliens Love Underpants Live this weekend, at the gorgeous Rose Theatre. This five wo/man show packed a lot of entertainment into the hour they were on set.
I remember thinking to myself before seeing the first children’s show we went to ‘I wonder how on earth they are going to turn a book which lasts less than five minutes into a show that is an hour long’? In the case of Aliens Love Underpants Live I needn’t have worried, because they do it remarkably well.
The actors are all very child friendly and get the kids involved in every scene. Genius for capturing their attention and keeping hold of it. The songs are really catchy (in a much less annoying than the Frozen soundtrack way) and the alien puppets they introduce aren’t scary at all. This is was a slight concern of mine in the run up to going because our autistic daughter usually finds something frightening in these situations.
Favourite bits of the show, in the kids’ words
“The songs, and the first bit where they are in school” – Polly, (almost) 6
“I loved the boy with the stripy top, and the little aliens in the spaceship that took the washing away from the washing line” – Clara, 3½
“errrrrrr” – Freddy, 17m (in fairness he doesn’t speak much yet, perhaps the aliens would have been able to decipher what he meant?)
It was an hour very well spent, and afterwards we treated ourselves to burgers and Montezuma chocolate. It was certainly the Best Sunday we’ve had in a long time.
*we were given press tickets to see this fab show, in exchange for this honest blog post. For my full disclosure policy, please click here.