Mumbler reviews The Princess and the Sprout and other Festive Tales at Leeds Central Library
The Princess and the Sprout and other festive tales is a Christmas show for ages 3-8 years and their grown-ups presented by Wrongsemble. The performances take place in a small pop up theatre in Leeds Central Library until 31st December and Mumbler went along to the first performance on Friday morning. Find out what we thought here (Cousin Mini Mumbler, age 3 attended for us as my Mini Mumblers were at school!)
We settled into our seats in room 700 of the Central Library excited for our first Christmas show of 2018! The room was set up with a small stage dressed as a library and seating for adults and children, providing an intimate setting which enables the audience to become immersed in the show.
The performance comprises of three stories (Scrooge’s Shoes, The Red Shoes and The Princess and the Sprout) each with a festive twist and various popular Christmas songs which are presented to the audience by three cast members. All of the stories are set in Leeds which provides a lovely way for the children to relate to the tales and ignite their minds.
Throughout the performance, the messages of kindness, sharing and being nice at Christmas shines through. All the stories are delivered in a fun, clever and entertaining way and have lots of unexpected twists which keep the adults as engaged as much as the children!
Our favourite story was the last, ‘The Princess and the Sprout’ which had lots of interaction with the audience, a puppet and had all the children giggling!
Wrongsemble certainly made the stories spring to life and engaged the imagination of the children (a mixture of ages 3 upwards) with lots of audience participation, singalongs and dancing all included in the hour long performance!
Afterwards, we were able to meet the cast (and the puppet) and have our photo taken – Mini Mumbler was a little shy!
If you are looking for a feel-good festive theatre performance which is a bit more relaxed/intimate than a large theatre setting then ‘The Princess and the Sprout and other Festive Tales’ is for you. It is also great value for money at £20 for a family ticket (4 people).
Wrongsemble have teamed up with Thors Tipi Leeds which is outside the Art Gallery where you can get FREE children’s hot chocolates when adult drinks are purchased after the show. Vouchers can be collected at the end of the performance. For more details on Thors Tipi Leeds have a read of our review here.
Other points to note:
The show is in Room 700 which you can access via the stairs or lift (if you have pushchairs) and is on the 1st floor.
All seating is unreserved, doors open 15 minutes before the performance.
The performance lasts just under an hour and there is no interval
The show is suitable for children 3-8 years but if your child can sit still we feel it could be watched by younger children as well
There are relaxed performances on Wednesday December 19th at 10:30am and Friday, December 28th at 11am. Some changes will be made to the show during these performances to it more enjoyable for people with learning disabilities, autism, and/or sensory impairments.
The Princess and the Sprout and other Festive Tales is running until 31st December, for more details and to book visit the website here.
**Mumbler was not paid for this review however we were given two complimentary tickets. As ever all views are our open and honest opinion.