The Tropicana Theatre at Weston is a real little hidden treasure, full of reasonably-priced and mostly small shows that are surprisingly good quality. I’ve not yet seen anything that I haven’t enjoyed there, for adults or children, and today was no exception. Christmas is in full swing at the theatre here, and today we were embracing the spirit as we came to see Squashbox Theatre’s The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness.
Squashbox Theatre is Craig Johnson, a man with an understanding of what children find funny and the ability to perform with an audience. The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness is a mix of puppets, live action and music with some truly awful jokes, slapstick humour and lots of opportunities for children to shout at the stage. I had three children, aged 4, 10 and 11, with me and we all loved this show. Highlights for the older children included a particularly revolting sprout theft and recovery, whilst the youngest laughed herself silly at the final song and dance with Grandad. We also liked the Carol book, Button the dog, the Christmas jumper, the elves and the clever Holly King section. In fact I think we all liked all of it. In summary, this is a very silly and very Christmassy show that is perfect for young children and will be entertaining for slightly older ones too, and if you’re looking for a bit of cheerful family time we’d all highly recommend it. We’ll also be looking out of other Squashbox Theatre productions too.
The Christmas fun for families is not over yet at The Tropicana, with Kid Carpet bringing his Noisy Nativity to the venue on the 18th and 19th of December, and local favourite Nutty Noah bringing his unique brand of humour on the 30th. For tickets, drop into The Bay cafe, or call the Tobacco Factory Theatre box office on 0117 902 0344.