By Luca Giannini aged 8 years
Birmingham Stage Company brought their world premiere of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny to the Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls this week prior to its West End run, and I was lucky enough to see this first ever show. WOW!!
Gangsta Granny, the hilariously funny and sometimes touching children’s book by bestselling author, David Walliams, is one of those ‘ need to read’ books for all kids my age. However the Gangsta Granny the stage production is EVEN BETTER! Even the Britain’s Got Talent star agrees with me, ““What a fantastic show! Superb! And so much better than the book!” said David Walliams when he first saw it.
I’d read the book many times over, my mum reading it too me when I was too young to read it myself, however as I grew up it was one of my favourite stories to read under the duvet when I should have been sleeping. I really far from think anyone might make the story any better for me (and usually when I go to the theatre, I get a tiny bit distracted after I’ve finished eating my snacks), however far from the case with Gangsta Granny. I’ve come home from watching it at the Fairfield Halls and it was awesome.
For those of you who unaware of the story, it’s a normal tale of an 11 year old boy and his relationship with his Gran. He finds her unamusing, until he discovers she’s a diamond snatcher – then both of their worlds become super exciting. This live production follows the words of David Walliams perfectly. I was watching and waiting for something that was slightly different to the book, yet I was unable find anything.
The actors were amazing, the script was really funny, however what made Gangsta Granny totally genius for me was the set. Trust me, it was out of this world. Normally you see people running across the stage with new pieces of set, or the lights go out as they secretly change the scenery, however far from with Gangsta Granny. Everything is smartly designed as three compact spinning pieces. Magic draws pulled out to reveal beds, doors opened to become the magazine shelves and counters in Raj’s shop and somebody really clever created a pop out sofa – so cool.
Another highlight, which took me by surprise, was when Ben’s mum and dad leapt off the stage in their glittered lycra and dancing shoes and came and sat in front of us! Suddenly I felt that I was actually part of the show as the characters jumped out of their seats and yelled at the pretend Strictly Come Dancing show on the stage. That’s when I got really excited and I was sitting on the edge of my seat for every second of the show after this.
You need to see it and experiences the thrills and surprises for yourself. You’ll LOVE IT!
For more information visit: https://www.fairfield.co.uk/en-GB/shows/gangsta%20granny%20live%20on%20stage!/events
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