5 reasons why you’ll LOVE Zog Live On Stage! Zog Live On Stage review
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We were invited to see Zog Live at Leeds Town Hall recently and it was fantastic. Zog Live is coming to Sheffield City Hall on Mothers Day with showings through until Tuesday 2nd April. We were able to get a sneak peak and you’re in for a treat; here’s a review!!
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Zog Live On Stage review
No photos are allowed during the performance, but check out these amazing production shots courtesy of Sheffield City Hall:
You can also see a first look at behind the scenes with cast and puppets here.
As we’re a big fan of theatre and live shows, we have been to a fair few shows since I introduced Eric to it last year. Unfortunately, some shows are not as good as others but this was one pretty fantastic. We’re thinking of going again on the 1st April!
5 reasons why you’ll LOVE Zog Live On Stage!
- The show is not too long. Running time is only approximately 1 hour. By the time it’s kicked off and little ones are really engaged with what’s going on, you forget about time completely… then it’s over and you’re wondering how time went by so fast! Sometimes we have been to shows and the time drags on and Eric starts getting restless… but not with Zog. Don’t worry about how your little one will sit through it. It’s great and interactive so 1 hour is the perfect length. Any longer would be too long and they’ve really thought about the attention span of little ones. Top tip, take your own snacks & drinks!!
- Talented cast who do everything. The cast are truly talented, they do everything from the puppetry to the music and singing and dancing. They’re funny, engaging with the audience, not shy of slapstick and are able to put in a few jokes for the older kids amongst us! Their multitasking skills are quite something. The young, lively, passionate and super friendly Cast were a pleasure to watch. Eric remembers them even now, which I think shows they did make a good impression. I can’t say a bad thing about them; all of them very talented and not once did I think “oh no, this is a bit boring”.
- Interactive puppetry. I was unsure what to expect from Zog Live on stage. I wondered whether the show would be a story of the Zog book with the puppets talking or just being used as props? It was a mixture of both. The cast play puppeteers throughout the show using them to bring the story to life on stage. With direct quotes, songs and jokes the puppets play a huge part in the show but the cast use their own characters, too. There is a fantastic mixture of puppetry and acting; just the right balance, I think. Also, the cast bring out the puppets down onto the stalls and fly them around the audience… Eric really loved that part! The puppets are very life-like, super high quality and colourful. Eric really couldn’t believe it to see Zog on stage.
- Quick moving show with lots of music. We have seen many theatre shows where the dialogue between scenes is sooo long and Eric just gets bored and doesn’t follow. I think a lot of it for young ones can be visual rather than paying attention to the story through words… and so Zog was just right. The music and dancing kept him entertained and the scenes changed quickly enough so that he didn’t get bored. The “talking bit” scenes, as we call them, were kept short, very animated and included humour. Live music was fantastic, too, Eric loved the instruments on stage. With the scenes changing quickly enough he knew what to expect next and this kept him entertained.
- Age suitable. The show is recommended for all ages but it’s safe to assume lots of little kids will be seeing this. And they’ll love it! I would say this is perfect for 3+ years and a great introduction to theatre, too. If you’re unsure whether theatre and shows are for you and your family, and worried if your little one will sit through it, then try this one… if they love Zog I’d be surprised they don’t enjoy it. It was a very “easy” show to watch with things always happening, songs to listen to, dancing, puppets, quick moving story… very suitable for toddlers.
The show is an adaption from the book ZOG so it is not an exact match to what we all have read but they have included many quotes, characters and enough dialogue from the book to follow the story. Eric was familiar with the parts on stage which were taken from the book and recognised all the characters, saying “oh it’s Gadabout the great!” and “Princess Pearl is back!”. I would say it definitely helps if you are a fan of ZOG so your little one knows what to expect and can see their favourite characters from the book in front of them!
Humour is fantastic in the show and somehow is funny for everyone… toddlers through to adults. I didn’t find it cringey at all and still giggled in a few parts!
The cast are very down to earth and seem to love ZOG as much as we do! There is a creative, imaginative world which they’ve been able to create on stage bringing the book to life. It really was just lovely to see one of our favourite bed time books “in real life”. 🙂
Personally, I would’ve liked to have heard more quotes taken from the ZOG book but that is my only criticism. I highly recommend getting tickets in stalls so you can see the puppets when they come down from the stage and walk around the audience.
Seeing Zog Live on Mothers Day would make a fantastic day out for all the family. You can easily combine this with a lovely meal out in the city centre, shopping and Winter Garden. More showings are available during Easter Holidays on the Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd, with both 11am and 2pm timings. Don’t miss it, it really was fantastic and one of the best shows I’ve seen in the last 12 months.
There’s only 3 days and then it’s gone – so get tickets whilst you can. This will be an Easter Holiday day out highlight, I’m sure. I’m always happy to recommend things which really were lovely and this was one of them. 🙂