Last weekend we were invited to The Haymarket in Basingstoke, part of the Anvil Arts Group, to see How Lion became King of Tinga Tinga land. I hadn’t been to The Haymarket before – although I have walked passed it many times and never knew it was there.
Inside the theatre there was a bar to get drinks and everything was really modern and clean. We found our seats easily and the children were offered booster seats to give them a better view – something I haven’t come across before but a great idea for children’s theatre shows.
How Lion became King of Tinga Tinga land is from the creator of The Tweenies. It’s a fun packed adventure aimed at children aged three upwards and the majority of the audience were young children that all seemed to really enjoy the show.
The story follows the adventure of the bird ‘Banjoko’ who has come to Africa all the way from South America. She decides that the land of Tinga Tinga should have a King and she sets about finding the perfect animal for the job.
The show is full of really likeable characters – Maliki the monkey, Gowon the giraffe, Zalika the zebra and Lutalo the lion. All of the characters tell stories and sing songs which the audience are invited to join in with. LP and Little Man loved the songs and, along with most of the audience, stood up to dance and do actions to songs too. It was a really interactive show and the children really enjoyed themselves. There was a good mix of songs the children knew and ones that were completely new to them which kept their attention really well.
The whole show was full of music and had an upbeat feel from start to finish. It had a story that was easy for the children to follow and they each had their favourite animals who they wanted to be king.
How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga Land is also a book – that we haven’t read before – and so this show was completely new to the children but they really enjoyed it. The Haymarket is a great, easily accessible venue and now that we know it’s there we will definitely be back!
You can find out more about How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga Land on their website – and there are more shows coming up in May.
Disclosure: We were invited to see the above show for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.