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A review of Curve’s Cat in the Hat

All pantoed-out but looking for some fun theatre for the family? The Cat in the Hat will keep you amused and entertained.

Taking the much-loved book by Dr Seuss and bringing it to life, is Curve’s director Suba Das and boy has he gone to town with this one. From soaking the audience with water to popping bubbles over their head, this production is magic and mayhem rolled into one.

Not quite old enough to enjoy the panto, I decided to take my mudlet to watch this production instead.

Starting off with a bang of thunder and lightening, we’re introduced to the main characters, Sally and her brother. From the get go, they work hard to get the audience involved in their fun and keep them entertained by scampering through the rows of seats, getting them on their feet dancing and even soaking them with water pistols.

Eventually the heavy down pour of rain means they are both stuck indoors bored and longing for some excitement.

It’s at this point we’re introduced to Fish who comes alive rolling onto stage in what looks like one of those large giant inflatable zorb thingy-ma-jigs. I’m not sure how hard it is to ‘roll’ in one of them let alone walk and sing at the same time, but she did a pretty good job. Her arrival is accompanied with a burst of bubbles floating down from above – a brilliant idea which really excited the little ones.

There’s a lot of singing and dancing involved before the cat makes his first appearance. Nana Amoo-Gottfried, does a splendid job playing the anarchic cat wearing a black furry coat with a long, curly tail and that infamous tall red and white stripy hat. He’s fantastic as the cat and his balancing act is equally impressive.

Even though the original songs are entertaining and fun, I noticed my little one starting to fizzle out after the interval but he was quickly drawn back in by the mad antics of Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Jumping off the walls, tumbling around the floor, flying kites in the house and doing double cartwheels, their energy is incredible and their antics obviously memorable especially to my son who, later that evening, tried to re-enact some of their moves back at home!

Catch it at the Curve until 12 January.

Curve, 60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB

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