I was so excited to take Mr A to the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, it was his first visit to the Sherman and certainly will not be his last. We almost didn't make it to the show in time, as it involved a very fast run up hill for the train, but we managed to catch it literally just in the nick of time. Luckily the Sherman is very close to Cathays station in Cardiff, only a few hundred meters and the building is pretty hard to miss with it's silver roof and inviting glass doors which had been drawn over with various cartoons and the words "family theatre" scrawled across it, we knew we were in the right place.
Mr A being 3yrs old, is now the perfect age for shows such as Boing, which are fun, engaging and only 55 min's long. When I was growing up theatre was very much apart of my life as my parents often took us to shows and it's such a lovely experience and one I am keen to share with my little man.
So what was the show like? Well in the words of Mr A "Amaaazing" and I have to say I agree with him. There was nothing too hard for a toddler to grasp, with a loose storyline based around two boys who cannot get to sleep on christmas eve and get up to pillow fights, bed jumping and break-dancing mischief, but the simplicity really is what make it work so well and had Mr A laughing so loud right from the belly of his tummy.
The two-man show features the talents of award-winning b-boys Wilkie Branson and Joel Daniel who combine breakdance, comedy and acrobatics into a fun filled show that my little man could not take his eyes off. I really cannot recommend shows like this enough to parents who are looking to fill the half-term with something creative and engaging.
The Sherman Theatre also has a very interactive reception area where children are encourage to touch, play and explore the various cupboards and draws. My personal favourite is the wardrobe at the entrance that you can walk straight through. The Sherman also has a little cafe and bar area which serves up some lovely coffee and snacks. The staff are also very friendly and handed out balloons to all the children after the show.
Boing ended at the perfect time, just after 12pm which meant lunch time, so being in the city centre we strolled over to Johns work on Churchill Way and met him up for a spot of lunch at Trenchers and it really made the cherry on the top for Mr A to share his theatre experiences with daddy.