My children are only five and three but I’m really keen to introduce them to the thrill of live performance. Along with the eldest, I’ve done a couple of trips to see productions of popular children’s stories but La Petite Soiree was something new for all of us…
This new, fun and daring hour-long show by the Olivier award-winning La Soiree is on at the Aldwych Theatre until the 3 February 2018 and features a motley crew of talented cabaret performers and circus sideshow misfits.
Excited to be among the Christmas lights in the West End, we trekked through Covent Garden to the Strand on a busy Saturday afternoon to take our seats in the Aldwych Theatre. I did wonder for a moment what I was letting myself in for, taking two young children into central London on my own on a Saturday afternoon but we had a total blast.
I was expecting acrobatics, I was expecting to be dazzled but I wasn’t expecting to laugh. And La Petite Soiree has humour by the bucket load. And for such a small space they pack in a lot of action.
From our ringside seats we saw amazing acrobatics from Mallakhamb India! who amazed us with their pole climbing and balancing – my son was also very impressed that they were doing it in their ‘tree climbing pants’. Then there was Lea Hinz who kept my daughter rapt in awe as she rose high on her aerial hoop. But did I mention the laughs? There was some funny and slightly rude puppeteering from Caberet Decadanse. But the highlight for all of us was Vegas duo Daredevil Chicken whose slapstick, Vaudeville comedy routine had us all guffawing. The kids are still talking about the banana trick (see photo), which was utterly revolting and hilarious. Just what children love. Another big hit for us was Amy G whose comedy routine on roller skates was just brilliant.
The show was an hour long which was plenty for the kids but long enough to feel like a big event. It is recommended for slightly older children than mine (8+) but they both absolutely loved it. If you’re taking children under 4 I’d recommend taking some ear defenders as the music was a little overwhelming at times for my youngest. But we left on a real high with an amazing new experience for the children to enjoy and remember.
La Petite Soiree runs over the Christmas holidays and on Saturday afternoons up until the 3rd of February – you can buy tickets here
. Have fun!
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About Alison McGarragh-Murphy
Alison is the Editor of The Motherload®, and is also a radio producer and broadcast journalist, a mum of two and a wife of one. Since becoming a mother she has (mostly) gladly swapped a busy social life of gigs, pubs, art galleries and museums for dancing in the kitchen, drinking on the sofa, finger painting and hanging out at the park. She talks incessantly about not having slept for four and a half years.
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Disclaimer: La Petite Soiree very kindly gave us free tickets for this performance, but as ever, we review any experience on The Motherload® as truthfully as possible in keeping with our ethos.
Image credit: La Petite Soiree