Bing Live! is a show on their first ever tour based on the CBeebies show of the same title. The characters are brought to life in a brand-new stage production using puppetry. Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families as Bing, Sula, Coco, Pando, Flop and Amma learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs in the show teaching the young audience members about the theatre.
The first thing that I have noticed when researching the show was that Adult tickets are sold at a higher price than child tickets. I think this a little bit wrong as the show is aimed at young members of the audience as they're the ones who will be watching it and engaging with it and parents are only there to supervise them because I literally doubt that any adult does want to watch the show. These parents are there to make sure their kids have fun and that of course they are safe and the fact that they must pay more than their kids is not right but obviously has to be done as parents need to supervise their kids.
Walking into the theatre I saw a big flashing merchandise stand full of plush toys, t-shirts, programs and... flashing toys. The flashing toys were a bit of a pain during the show because if you have very young kids in front of you waving their flashing toys about then it is very hard to see the stage as you're literally blinded by them. I must however mention the reasonable prices at the merchandise stand making sure that every "Bingster" can afford a little memory from the show.
The set was simple and very nicely designed. It was also very colourful which attracted kids' attention. The puppets were designed extremely well and looked exactly like the characters from the TV show. The only thing I noticed was their mouth not moving. This meant that the puppeteers needed to make sure the audience knows who is talking through the puppets body language and they did a good job at that. The puppeteers ; Mia Jerome, Michael Magennis, Hayley Murray, Will Palmer, Alice De Warrenne are a bunch of incredible people. Their voices were very very close to their characters TV voice and they really knew how to keep the audience entertained as they interacted with them a lot. The show was filled with fun songs, dance moves and everything you will need to keep your child entertained for 75 minutes. The show is very educational and teaches kids about every aspect of the theatre.