Education Editor - Danielle Furber, reviewing with son Lewis
Bing Live at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Wednesday 15th August for the 1pm showing.
"My two and a half year old son was captivated from start to finish. He got so excited as each character entered on stage, his favourite TV show characters coming to life right in front of his eyes!
Bing Live is a perfect mixture of story telling. songs and plenty of audience participation with the characters encouraging audience members to join in with the dance moves and add sound effects to their stories.
All children were actively engaged from start to finish, dancing along in the aisles. A personal favourite for my son was the 'Twinkle Twinkle' song towards the end of course joining the 'toilet train' at the start of the interval.
The Bing stall had a variety of different items of sale and particularly impressive was the fact that there were toys based on all characters in the show, not just the main ones.
We would definitely recommend this show to any Bing fans! Having intially thought 80 minutes would be too long for little ones, it certainly didn't feel too long and for my little boy it wasn't long enough - he didn't want it to end!
Storyhouse, Chester | 5 and 6 September | www.storyhouselive.com | 01244 409113
St Helens Theatre Royal | 18 and 19 September | www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com | 01744 756000
For more information visit www.bingliveshow.com
Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan…
The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and magical puppetry. Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.
Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!
Bing Live! is produced by Minor Entertainment (In the Night Garden Live) and directed by Will Tuckett, guest principal character artist of the Royal Ballet, whose production of Wind in the Willows won an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2014.
The show will also bring together a first-class creative team to ensure a quality family entertainment stage show for audiences of all ages. Bing is adapted for the stage by Helen Eastman with costumes and puppet design by Tahra Zafar. As Head of Costume, Hair and Make-up for the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies staged in London, 2012, Tahra managed the production of 23,000 costumes for all four Ceremonies. Her film projects include: Star Wars VII The Force Awakens, X Men-First Class, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and The Fifth Element and for television: In the Night Garden, Zingzillas and The Adventures of Abney and Teal.
Since its launch on CBeebies, Bing has been a huge ratings hit and it’s the number one top rated pre-school show on BBC iPlayer. Celebrating the joyful, messy, reality of preschool life, Bing finds the big stories in the smallest moments that little ones and the grown-ups in their lives will recognise…whether it’s dropping your ice-cream or losing your favourite toy.
The series has won an International Emmy Award in the Kids’ Pre-School category in 2016, a Writer’s Guild Award and a BAFTA nomination for Best Pre-School Series. The animated series, which saw Mark Rylance make his children’s television debut voicing Flop, is produced by Acamar Films.
Andrew Collier, Creative Director of Minor Entertainment, said “We’re thrilled to be bringing Bing to the stage - we know families throughout the UK love Bing as much as we do, and we can’t wait to see children’s faces light up when they meet him at the theatre for the first time.
Mikael Shields, CEO of Acamar Films and producer of Bing said: “Seeing Bing take a leap from the screen to the stage is hugely exciting for all of us at Acamar. We are thrilled to be working with Minor Entertainment to bring the 'Bing Live' shows to our young audience. Introducing Bing fans to possibly their first experience of theatre is a tremendous creative challenge and Minor has shown imaginative flair, exceptional attention to detail, and their passion for bringing preschool characters to life has been evident throughout our collaboration with them. We can’t wait to watch the reaction from Bingsters to seeing Bing and Flop on stage next year.”
For more information visit www.bingliveshow.com
Bing Live! is 80 minutes long, including a 15 minute interval (for the toilet train and a snack break)
The show is suitable for Bingsters of all ages – in most venues children over 6 months will need a child ticket. Please check the information page for your chosen venue to find out more.