Everyone is familiar with the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It has been a childhood staple for generations of readers and our children are no different. They know the story off by heart and couldn’t wait to see it live on stage at Camberley Theatre.
Eric Carle’s books have iconic, colourful, hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and really simple stories. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has taken four of Eric Carle’s stories and transferred them to the stage, creating a 45 minute show full of animals and beautiful colours.
The show started with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, introducing us to so many different characters, all brightly coloured and beautiful. The children got straight into the story, loving the rhyme and repetition. It was easy to see why children of all ages are captivated by Eric Carle’s books as they were all enthralled from the very first moment the brown bear appeared on stage.
Next, 10 Little Rubber Ducks counted their way through their story, meeting other characters and travelling across oceans to find something familiar. Children in the audience were laughing at the duck’s escapades and counting along with the actors on stage.
The Very Lonely Firefly brought with it a darker stage and a few younger audience members did get restless at this part – wanting to see the Hungry Caterpillar! But before then we saw so many different light up characters and objects move across the stage and a firefly searching tirelessly for other creatures just like him.
The show culminated with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The whole audience seemed to be on the edge of their seats, knowing the story inside out and still so excited to see the caterpillar eat his way through so many different things and in the end turn into a beautiful butterfly.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show was a great way to spend an hour with the children. The whole time we were engrossed in the show and it seemed to be just the right length for even the youngest of audience members.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a timeless classic that both adults and children would love to watch it on stage. The actors and puppeteers did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and I know LP and Little Man would happily see this show again and again. You can see more information and the full tour dates here.