Swallows & Amazons, York Theatre Royal – A Mumbler Review
Guest Review by local Mumbler Ashley Parker
Arriving at Swallows & Amazons, York Theatre Royal
Find out what Mumbler Ashley and her six-year-old thought of the summer production at York Theatre Royal.
We were lucky enough to be invited to watch the York Theatre Royal production of Swallows and Amazons based on the children’s classic book and it certainly did not disappoint!
As the Mum of two boys (6 & 9), I was unsure whether it would be a little ‘old’ for the youngest and whether the older one would be very keen. As it turned out, my oldest son was unable to attend, so instead, I took the Grandmothers and my 6-year-old Flyn and we all left with a smile on our faces.
The seating is great, even for little ones
We sat in the dress circle which had a great view, but looking around the theatre, I’m not sure you can go far wrong in the theatre royal with seating; it all looks to be pretty viewer friendly. My little one grabbed a booster seat on the way in which are great for smaller viewers and eliminated any chance that he couldn’t see.
Before entering, the cast came out into the foyer and had a sing-song whilst playing their instruments which completely set the tone for the evening and prepared us for the magical, imaginative evening show ahead.
We pre-ordered interval drinks which I was glad about as the only slight downside was that it was incredibly hot within the theatre, so we were definitely ready for some hydration.
A very talented cast
The production is made up of a small and extremely talented cast…all of whom seemed to be able to multi-task beautifully whilst quickly setting the scene with a cleverly designed stage and minimal props. I had a little worry initially that my little boy would struggle with the improvisation, but he seemed totally mesmerised from the opening line and sat still for the entire production.
The music was lovely, and the characters were able to transport you along on their swallow adventure with total ease and there were plenty of laughs along the way!
Enjoyable for all ages
I’m not sure how easy it would have been for my 9 year old (nearly 10) to sit through enthusiastically, but my six-year-old son loved it and seemed to understand the story well. This is mainly based on their personal interests I guess, and I imagine that there are plenty of children within a broad age range who would really enjoy it – like anything it’s down to the individual.
Swallows & Amazons, York Theatre Royal
There was a diverse age range within the audience, and it felt like a real family feel-good night out. If you’re planning to catch this gem of a show, I would dress light because of the heat and take some water to your seat with you. There are a large range of drinks on offer at the bars and ice cream and snacks too.
Show dates & other activities at York Theatre Royal
The show is running from July 31st to August 24th with the addition of free crafts and activities every week in the foyer where you can make paper boats, flags and bunting…we will be going back for a visit to take advantage of this freebie.
There is also a Swallows vs Amazons Drama Challenge in the studio on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-2 pm which costs £5.