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Review: Gangsta Granny at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture: MARK DOUET

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture: MARK DOUET

Photo by Mark Douet

Cabbage can have a terrible effect on your digestive system - even if you are The Queen.

And what could be more hilarious than seeing (or rather hearing) the monarch letting out a cheeky bottom burp on stage?

Gangsta Granny is one of David Walliams’ top selling books and the touring stage version had a lot to live up to.

Luckily, it surpassed all expectations, with the talented cast chopping and changing between characters effortlessly.

The storyline is perfect for young audiences, with a strong life lesson completely masked by action, adventure and lots of trumping.

From the outset it was clear this was going to be a work of art.

Driving is often difficult to portray on stage but a beautifully choreographed sequence cleverly distracted from the fact the actors playing Ben’s parents had nothing more than a steering wheel to denote a car as they took him for the first of many Friday night trips to Granny’s house.

The scenery was something to marvel at, a complete work of art that had been well thought through and carefully crafted. Beds and desks slotted in and out of the backdrops, rooms closed like books and new sets appeared with a twist all adding another dimension to this marvellous tale.

As we left the auditorium, our nine-year-old theatre critic informed us it was the funniest show she had seen, we are just hoping she doesn’t now take her own granny for a swim down the Thames, up a sewage pipe and into the Tower of London.

Gangsta Granny is at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich, until Friday, April 7. Tickets are still available for performances on Thursday and Friday, and it is well worth seeing whether you are a Walliams fan or not.

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