Over the Bank Holiday weekend we went to the Hertford Theatre to see Shark In The Park!, adapted from Nick Sharratt’s popular books by Nonsense Room Productions, ABA International Touring and Macrobert Arts Centre. The stage version of Shark In The Park! is a fin-tastic show packed with songs, colour and comedy.
Meet Timothy Pope on the eve of his birthday! This excitable, cheeky and likeable young boy can’t wait for his birthday and he just can’t get to sleep. When the big day arrives he gets the present he has been hoping for – a telescope! Timothy ventures to the park with his Dad, with shiny new telescope in hand. He looks up to the sky and down to the ground, he looks all around… will he find a shark in the park?
The brilliant cast of three are warm and engaging. Every performance on stage is physical and full of energy. The show is packed with songs, expertly performed and the children were drawn into the action on stage, as the audience is made a part of the story. By the end of the show younger members of the audience were confidently joining in and shouting, “there’s a shark in the park”. One of our favourite moments in the production was a slapstick routine where Timothy’s father is bashed and prodded with an umbrella, which had both boys wriggling with laughter.
Shark In The Park! is a lively adaptation that uses bold, simple staging, costumes and props true to the iconic Sharratt illustrations and stories. The children were swept away with the shark search and I appreciated the jokes for the adults in the audience with references to Jaws, Elvis, the FA Cup Final and when a giant ice cream took centre stage there was a nod to the classic “just one Cornetto”.
We are still singing “there’s a shark, there’s a shark, there’s a shark in the park!” and would thoroughly recommend the show as a musical treat for all the family.
Is there really a shark in the park? You’ll have to go and see for yourself…
Visiting Hertford Theatre
This weekend was our third visit to Hertford Theatre. It’s a great venue for families in a picturesque setting next to the River Lea, Hertford Castle and the Castle Gardens’ playground. If you arrive in good time then you can take a seat in the café area and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. The theatre is bright, clean and modern and the auditorium has tiered seating so that even little ones can see the action on stage. There are booster seats available for free if you have very little ones with you (no queuing or deposits needed here). Take a look at the Hertford Theatre Helpful Hints for Families if you are planning a visit.
Shark In The Park! is currently touring in theatres across the UK with dates at Cheltenham Town Hall, Bury Met, Southport The Atkinson, Inverness Eden Court, Galashiels Volunteer Hall and Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Theatre.
We received complimentary tickets to Shark In The Park! in exchange for an honest review. Images, words and opinions are all my own.