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Grandpa in my pocket: Teamwork #grandpaandjason @skymirror

Grandpa in my Pocket - Mellie Buse and Jan Page - Nottingham Playhouse - 13 July 2012Directed by Rosamunde HuttDesigned by Nettie ScrivenLighting by Arnim Friess

Currently performing at The Nottingham Playhouse is Grandpa In My Pocket: Teamwork – a stage adaptation of the very popular Cbeebies TV series designed for the under 6′s.

If you haven’t seen this fabulous TV programme (why ever not!) the basis for the story is the adventures that Jason gets up to with his Grandpa who has a shrinking cap that turns him into a miniature version of himself and able to get up to all kinds of mischief. They live in Sunnysands, a seaside town full of colourful characters, such as Mr Whoops and Mr Mentor the Inventor, who are all featured on the stage show. We are also introduced to Horatio (above with Great Aunt Loretta) a bank manager who secretly wants to be a pirate.

The show captures the essence of the series perfectly. It comprises of six actors taking on the roles of one, two or even three different characters during the performance. Very cleverly it doesn’t try to reproduce the TV show on stage instead it invents a show the audience feels part of with the actors pretending to be the characters using a dressing up basket full of familiar items from the show. This combined with  great acting, singing and plenty of audience involvement keeps old and young alike entranced.

The creators, writers and stage adaptors, Mellie Buse and Jan Page, chose the Playhouse to put on the show as it was recommended as having a good approach to new work and working well as collaborators, particularly in the area of young people’s theatre. They found that the enthusiasm at the Playhouse was instant and they made a great team. The play is directed by Rosamunde Hutt, returning to Nottingham having previously directed Mike Kenny’s The Gardener and Peter Rumney’s Dragon Breath.

The show runs until 11 August and a family of 4 can pick up a ticket for just £55. It is a great two hours entertainment to keep children amusing during the long summer holidays – don’t miss it!