Pirates and Paw Patrol. My boys love these 2 things, almost as much as I love a child-free day filled with cocktails. However unlike a child-free day and cocktails, pirates and Paw Patrol are pretty much a daily occurrence in our house. So to discover we’d been invited to review the new Paw Patrol Live stage show which combines the 2, oh my goodness! Yep a lot of shrieking, jumping up and down and running wildly around the living room with excitement (them, not me). I tried in vain to join in with the excitement “Skye, Marshall, Zuma, Chase, Rocky, Bob … ummm” Ok I’ve never managed to fully memorise the song in a format acceptable to my boys, and I always add Bob in at the end much to their annoyance. Still, a trip to Edinburgh Playhouse, I was excited!
We chose to see the last show of the day which started at 1630hrs. For being the final show of the day, we could have easily been watching the first. The levels of energy and enthusiasm from the entire cast was amazing. The show is a busy, song-filled action-packed hour and a bit of the pups singing, dancing and carrying out daring rescues. On one mission to save Captain Turbot from a cave, they discover a treasure map leading the way to lost treasure. Of course they decide to hunt it down so they can bring the treasure to the Adventure Bay Pirate Festival. Along the way, as always nothing runs smoothly and the pups have to use their skills to get their friends our of some sticky situations. The hero pups even needed saving themselves at one point when they all get stuck in quicksand. Much to the delight and huge cheers of the young audience, the ever-loved Tracker makes a special appearance and saves the day, and the pups.
The story was set against an ever-changing digital backdrop interspersed with more typical overly large set design. Ryder and Mayor Goodwin sang and danced their way through the show with great effort and never ending vibrancy. The pups all sang full pelt and had their dance routines on point, no mean feat at all when you consider the magnificent oversized costumes they were wearing and the heat. The whole cast really put their all into every second of the show and every single annoyingly catchy song. The constant grinning alone must leave their jaws aching, let alone the rest of their bodies from the speedy dance routines in full ensemble. A show highlight for much of the audience I think came in the final 15 seconds. I’ll leave it to you to find out, but be warned, make sure you’re not taking a sip of your drink (alcohol is permitted, you might need it) if you suspect the end is nigh.
Oh, so do the pups find the treasure and make it to the Adventure Bay Pirate Festival, well of course they do. When have Paw Patrol ever failed at anything?
Paw Patrol Live gets it spot on for its target audience, a lot of little people happily singing, dancing and shouting along. It’s lovely to have a bit of interactivity and everyone seemed to love helping Ryder and the pups solve the clues to help lead them to their next location. My boys summed it up by saying “it was brilliant and pawsome”. My husband summed it up by saying “Can we go to the pub now?”. Happy children, frayed parents. Just as it should be. And after this afternoon, I reckon it’s definitely about time for my child-free day. Bring on the cocktails!
Paw Patrol Live is touring the UK til early September. Check the dates below and if you’re near any of these venues get along for a fab family show.
Note: Most venues sell alcohol.
Edinburgh Playhouse – Sat 28th July
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – Thur 2nd August
Glasgow SEC Armadillo – Sat 4th/Sun 5th August
Liverpool Echo Arena – Weds 8th August
Manchester Arena – Sat 11th/Sun 12th August
Sheffield Fly DSA Arena – Weds 15th August
Birmingham, Arena Birmingham – Sat 18th August
Cardiff Motor Point Arena – Weds 22nd August
London, The SSE Arena Wembley – Sat 25th/Sun 26th August
Leeds First Direct Arena – Weds 29th August
Bournemouth International Centre – Sat 1st/Sun 2nd September
Brighton Centre – Sat 8th/Sun 9th September