What a treat to be out on a Monday night all five of us together! When Carrot Productions asked us along to enjoy and review Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels at the Victorial Hall we jumped at the chance. Who doesn’t love the calamity prone inventor and his loyal sidekick?
We were excited to see the new animation and how the show would work with The Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp adding to the duo’s usual antics. As soon as we took to our seats we were entertained by the arrival of the orchestra on stage to tune their instruments.Each of the musicians were dressed as characters from the Wallace and Gromit films, this gave the sense of fun from the start. Some particular favourites were a piece of cheese, Lady Tottington and of course Shaun the sheep.
The first half of the show was an amazing opportunity to experience a live orchestra in a very unique way. Matthew Sharp ably and entertainingly kept the audience enthralled as he performed the task of go-between for Wallace and Gromit on the big screen and the live action happening on stage.
We were treated to an array of music that appealed to all ages – an instrumental version of Bohemian Rhapsody was incredible. The addition of Debussy’s Clair de Lune to scenes of Wallace’s hapless love life over the years made the animation surprisingly moving! The highlight for me though had to be the orchestra’s version of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t you worry ’bout a thing”. Matthew Sharp moved around the Orchestra with a camera so that we were able to see the individual instruments playing their parts. This performance had the audience dancing in their seats – and some in the aisle! One of the best parts of the evening was watching Ella – Typical Mummy’s little girl really getting lost in the music and dancing her heart out.
Following the interval came the screening of The Wrong Trousers accompanied by the score composed by Julian Nott. The music that we all know and love was brought to life by The Picture House Orchestra conducted by Steven Magee. The musical accompaniment to the scenes taking place on the screen was totally seamless. At times you forgot that the orchestra were even there because the music synchronised with the film so well.
All in all it truly was ‘A Grand Night Out’ and a wonderful way to introduce children to a live orchestra.
If you would like to see the show, there are still tickets available in lots of venues across the country please click here to visit Carrot Productions‘ site.
Disclosure: We were given tickets by Carrot Productions in exchange for an honest review post and sharing of social media publicity. All opinions are my own.