Parents fill their home with different things when they find out they are expecting a child, I filled my home with books which I hoped that they would love.
And fortunately, the love of Dr Seuss is hereditary. A second pregnancy of twins also meant I had the real chance to know one day clothing detailed ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2’ would adorn them, simply for me.
So, finding out a stage version of ‘The Cat In The Hat’ would be at the New Theatre, Cardiff over half term caused great excitement in our home.And it did not disappoint them, CM at 6 was drawn to the stage throughout, proudly catching one of the balls during one part of the audience interaction, the boys were on form, E was happy to join in loudly and B sat in his seat content.
The production started off slowly, but there was just enough audience interaction- through bubbles (always a winner) and bouncing balls. Three cats did not seem to confuse the children as me- different hats were the identifier.
I wasn’t quite as drawn to it, and I can’t put my finger on why, I suspect it is just something I enjoy more in book form. Our recent outings to see books transferred to stage have included music- instruments and song- and it felt like this was missing, although how this could be integrated I’m not sure- so I am back to concluding the books are better.
The children on the other hand, the real critics- the children were unanimously agreed on how much they loved it.
Fortunately they were also unanimously agreed they would tell me if the Cat visited our house, and the worst part were how naughty Thing 1 and Thing 2 were- how could they make the house so messy? – mummy really wouldn’t like that (I didn’t like to bring up the state their rooms were in!).
The Cat In The Hat is currently on tour across the country.