David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny is live on stage and my kids and I were so incredibly lucky to attend the opening night at the Hull New Theatre last night. This award-winning stage adaptation is not to be missed!
David Walliams is one of Britain’s most favourite writers and has become a global best seller. Gangsta Granny is his most popular book and I can totally see why. The best part of this stage production is that you don’t need to read the book to enjoy it, but I can almost guarantee that you will leave the theatre wanting to buy it.
Poor Ben is a tortured soul. His parents leave him every Friday night at Granny’s so they can go to dance classes. He dreads going to Granny’s where absolutely everything, even his pillow stinks of cabbages! What Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret that will make Friday nights a whole lot more exciting. Soon Ben will be executing his marvellous plan, the ultimate heist with his very own Gangsta Granny!
Tom Cawte is Ben. We LOVED Ben. He is funny, cheeky and totally endearing. His dancing is goofy, and the way he looks up at the audience to let us in on what he’s thinking and enthusiasm are infectious. Tom Cawte’s theatre credits include: The Winter’s Tale, (Cheek by Jowl), The Lone Pine Club (Pentabus) and has appeared on Witless and Doctors on our tele screens.
Louise Bailey is Granny. Granny is absolutely hilarious. She is delightful as she rides her scooter around town at night dressed as a ninja and her delicate little ‘pumps’ are both gross and hysterical. Louise Bailey’s credits include: Hormonal Housewives UK Tour, Afterbirth, Watership Down to name a few and she’s also appeared on our television screens on programs such as EastEnders, Mae West and Just Write!
I asked the kids and we agreed that our favourite bits were the dream scene where Ben’s parents appear looking like giant cabbages and he’s attacked by a huge spoonful of cabbage soup. The scrabble game between Ben and Granny where he spelled words like, escape, help, and torture and the dance competition with the presenter, Flavio complete with audience participation in the best pantomime fashion. We could not help but get caught up in the dancing and clapping!
The show has some very clever scenery changes that involved some light dancing, and slapstick humour. It’s not a musical and the dancing is not meant to be amazing but it is funny and silly and just perfectly executed mostly by Jenny Gayner (mum) and Jason Furnival (Dad/Mr Parker) along with the ensemble cast.
Gangsta Granny is glorious, the kids LOVED it and I recommend it wholeheartedly. We all had such a fabulous night with loads of big belly laughs.
If you haven’t bought tickets, do it! Gangsta Granny is a brilliantly fun show that will capture your heart and your imagination. It’s only showing at Hull New Theatre until Saturday so be quick! You can book online from just £15.