REVIEW: Awful Auntie

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Production: Awful Auntie by David Walliams
Venue: Buxton Opera House
Date: Playing November 1st – 4th
4/5 Stars

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!

We start out in Stella’s bedroom, where she wakes up unable to move. In bursts Aunt Alberta (Richard James) to tell Stella (Georgina Leonidas) that she has been in an accident and her parents are dead! Stella immediately becomes suspicious and manages to escape her bandages. Aunt Alberta wants the deeds to Saxby House so Stella can sign them over but Stella claims she doesn’t know where they are, this lands her in the coal shed where we meet Soot the ghost (Ashley Cousins) a young cockney chimney sweep who died in the house previously. He helps Stella get out of the cellar but they soon get caught by Wagner the Owl (a very impressive puppet owl, perfectly worked by Roberta Bellekom) Aunt Alberta’s loyal pet, and put back in the cellar. What follows is Stella and Soot getting there revenge on Aunt Alberta and another escape attempt. Whilst this is going on Gibbon, (Harry Sutherland) the elderly butler, is totally oblivious to it all, whilst trying to serve slippers, which he has got confused with crumpets!

All in all a really fun show, with lots of poo, wee and fart jokes which got lots of giggles from the kids. The rotating scenery really gave a sense of them running round the house and with puppets intertwined into the story it really added another dimension to the performance which the kids loved.

As its a family show I took all 3 of my children with me and this is what they had to say….

Isabelle – age 8 – It was hilarious and I really really really loved it!
Brodie – age 14 – I’ve read the book and the show was even better.
Amber – age 17 – It was funny, a really good show for all ages.

As you can see from the kids it really does appeal to all ages. If you want a really fun night out with the family, we would definitely recommend Awful Auntie.

Showing at Buxton Opera House until Sunday 4th Nov. To get tickets go to www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

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