REVIEW: Peppa Pig Surprise tour at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre brings home the bacon

PUBLISHED: 14:44 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:18 28 October 2015

Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony, Peppa Pig, Danny Dog and George from the Peppa Pig Splash 2014 tour

Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony, Peppa Pig, Danny Dog and George from the Peppa Pig Splash 2014 tour

Peppa Pig tour 2015

Our reviewer takes his daughter to check out the pink phenomenon that is Peppa Pig

Peppa’s favourite pastime is jumping in muddle puddles – a love she shares with my two-year-old daughter.

And the cheeky and slightly spoilt pink pig that has captured the hearts of millions of children has somehow become a favourite in our household.

It sort of snuck up on us, one day Amelia was not fussed and the next Pep’s Pig – as she called it - was all she wanted on.

So imagine my delight when I heard Peppa Pig Surprise tour was starting at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford.

Peppa Pig is a television series that divides opinion. Some love it for the simple but effective cartoon characters and storylines, while others claim it has left their children with a sense of mischievous naughtiness they can’t shake.

But either way it’s big business with the trio who invented the porker and friends recently selling 70 per cent stake to a global entertainment firm for a cool £140 million. Not bad for a show dreamed up by three animation students.

Now I’m easy going. And I’m sure most dads will agree when I say if it makes my daughter smile and squeal with laughter it’s ok with me.

From start to finish Amelia and her friend Poppy were entranced. Whether it was the energetic and high-pitched lead character Daisy (who I was shocked to discover was a real person), the overall production and clever use of puppets or the catchy tunes and bright set designs this is a well polished show. It’s quite scary that adults can actually sound like the characters you hear on television. I wasn’t sure it would translate on stage but it worked and the audience loved it.

All Peppa’s friends were there; Danny Dog, Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony and of course her cry baby brother George. And it wouldn’t be the same if Daddy Pig wasn’t messing up and mummy Pig leading the gang on a jolly good adventure. Hang on - am I talking about the show or my home, it’s starting to sound too familiar. Put it together with a cameo from Red Monkey and Mr Potato and and you can’t go wrong in the eyes of any child under the age of six. It’s pure piggy heaven.

Peppa Pig Surprise comes to the Woodville, Gravesend, from April 15 to 16 next year, with shows taking place at 10am, 1pm and 4pm. Tickets range from £13 to £21.

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