As far as I can see Julia Donaldson can do no wrong – every book a little masterpiece – so when I heard that a production of What the Ladybird Heard was coming to Bradford I wasted no time in suggesting that it would be an excellent choice for young Sophie’s introduction to the theatre. A quick burst of organising later and, last Saturday, Sophie, her mother and I all met up for the 10.30am show.
Once again Julia Donaldson didn’t let me down. It is easy to see that she started out writing songs for children’s television – the tunes were catchy and we were soon all singing along. There were some nice twists to the story, with Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len being recruited from some carefully planted ‘volunteers’ in the audience and most of the animals being made out of farmyard junk, and, of course, a happy ending.
The best part though was the rapt look on Sophie’s face throughout the whole show – especially when the lights were turned right down so we could all follow the flight of the glowing red ladybird around the stage. Another theatre-lover is born…..