Gangsta god­mother isn’t out in her nightie

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - Ev­ery week BAR­BARA FISHER looks at is­sues that af­fect us all – the is­sues that get you talk­ing. You can join in by email­ing bmail­bar­

IN SPITE of the draw of com­puter games and so­cial me­dia, it seems that huge num­bers of chil­dren and their fam­i­lies are still en­joy­ing live theatre. I have been to two shows within a week at our own Beck Theatre in Hayes, and I am happy to re­port that th­ese were so well sup­ported it was hard to get a ticket.

This trend is a great re­flec­tion on lo­cal fam­i­lies who are not only en­cour­ag­ing an in­ter­est in theatre, but cough­ing up for it. It’s not that cheap.

So, yah boo sucks to you, Nanny State; not ev­ery­one is spend­ing the child al­lowance on drugs, force­feed­ing their chil­dren burg­ers or park­ing dan­ger­ously. Also, on the night I at­tended, no one ap­peared to be wear­ing py­ja­mas.

My favourite of the two shows was Gangsta Granny, based on the David Wal­liams book.

It taps into the uni­ver­sal bore­dom of vis­it­ing el­derly rel­a­tives, but this gran changes from a bent old cab­bage soup-maker to a cat bur­glar at night, al­beit trav­el­ling by mo­bil­ity scooter.

My com­pan­ion for the show was Sophia, whose chris­ten­ing I missed over a decade ago due to fam­ily prob­lems. Hav­ing been given the hon­orary ti­tle of Fairy God­mother, I oc­ca­sion­ally need to try to de­liver the goods, but (ob­vi­ously) with­out the help of magic spells.

OK it wasn’t quite the same as go­ing to a ball in a pump­kin coach, but as an avid reader of the Wal­liams books, Sophia was more than happy to ac­cept this as a treat.

The other show we saw was, The Gruf­falo’s Child which was aimed at younger chil­dren like Sophia’s four-year-old twin sib­lings, whose chris­ten­ings I ac­tu­ally man­aged to get to, and so am their of­fi­cial God­par­ent.

My 11-year-old re­viewer had noth­ing but praise for Gangsta Granny and as­sured me it was ac­cu­rate, the char­ac­ters were just as she imag­ined them, and the ice cream was good too.

AT the other end of the age group, I am very dis­ap­pointed that some univer­si­ties are ban­ning speak­ers, and cer­tain news­pa­pers, from their cam­puses.

Please tell me our own Brunel has not suc­cumbed to this? Stu­dents should surely be open-minded enough to hear what oth­ers have to say? I’m not talk­ing about ex­clud­ing peo­ple who want to stir up hate – I’m talk­ing about academics like Ger­maine Greer.

It’s good, bal­anced de­bate. YOU DON’T HAVE TO AGREE WITH HER.

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