by Charlotte Chambers
LIVE REVIEW – Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday
When you’re a parent there are kids shows that are barely tolerated and some that are truly loved. Sarah and Duck has always been a family favourite, so when we heard about the live show coming to town we were expecting good things.
The live show is beautifully and accurately adapted from the popular BAFTA award winning CBeebies animation, which airs on ABC Kids.
A delightful cast of 5 puppeteers seamlessly appeared and disappeared out of your consciousness and embody the characters, script and storyline to a tea.
The set design is colourful, creative, cleverly crafted and the ever changing set kept the audience engaged, from the opening song to the closing finale.
The costumes voice-overs and characters are beautifully bought to life on stage in the spacious Dunston Play House, and are an accurate representation of the animation.
Sarah, Duck and Narrator are joined on stage by what seems like the entire cast. The Ribbon Sisters, John, Cake, Flamingo, Scarf Lady, Bag and the Shallots all join in to throw, sweet old scarf lady a ’Big Top Soiree Birthday Doo”, which sees them all come together with their own party tricks that range from tightrope walking to a spectacular Duck cannonball.
There was plenty of dry sarcasm for the parents and a few adorable bum wiggles, bubbles and audience participation for the kids.
If you love the animation the “Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday Live Show” is a must see and is equally as enjoyable for little people and big people!
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
Until 20 Jan 2019
Duration 60 mins
Tickets: $24.90 – $29.90