Gangsta godmother isn’t out in her nightie
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.