Jim of the Garden – 26/03/2016

Our regular Easter getaway is to Scarborough/Filey and this Easter was no different. Good weather was interrupted by bad weather (I am currently writing this at 5am with the sound on torrential rain all around!) but on Easter Saturday morning, we went to Scarborough to see “Jim of the Garden”, a performance at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The theatre is in the centre on Scarborough and while parking can be somewhat difficult, it is in no way impossible, even with a toddler. Don’t let the exterior of the theatre deceive either, while the exterior is aged, inside the facilities are what you would expect.

The show is targeted for children up to the age of 7 and this feels about right, as they all found their way to the front to sit on the cushions, beanbags and blankets at the front as the parents/carers sat at the back and side. The parents who were nervous about their child ruining the show were closest to their child! (I have spoken about our first “theatre” trip to the Rainbow Factory here – where I had the same worries!)

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Before the show

Without wanting to give any spoilers away, the performance is about 30 minutes long and involves songs, dancing and mass audience interaction. This breaks it up for the little ones so that they are not sat down for more than a few minutes at a time, and it works really well.  Heidi fondly remembered the “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song, for the rest of the day, which was hilarious, although oh so simple.

In terms of a plot, I am not really sure, as in part because the songs and dancing broke the plot up and this isn’t a bad thing at all, and there is enough in the performance for adults to get lost in the production, rather than following it through. There is certainly enough for the adults to be entertained with – especially the Lady Gaga cover which was absolutely amazing!

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Play in progress…

There seemed to be 30-40 children there and I am not sure many more could fit it, so it might be an idea to buy in advance for the final performance (23rd April 2016 – 10.30am.  However, it was Easter weekend when we went, which might have brought in more people. For £3 each, you’re not going to find much better value for money for a live performance.

In terms of the venue, as Heidi is toilet training, we had to play the game of getting a 2 year old girl in a male toilet cubicle, which is always an adventure. Fortunately, the toilets were clean/modern which helps. One thing to note is that the baby changing facilities are on the second floor, which was cordoned off (presumably because there were no activities happening on that floor). As a result, if you need baby changing, you might need to ask for assistance.

With all that being said, we will keep an eye out for future child friendly shows at the Stephen Joseph Theatre for when we are making our regular trips over to the North Yorkshire Coast!

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Happy theatre goers!

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