Gangsta Granny Live On Stage – Manchester Review

Earlier this week, I took Joshua to see Gangsta Granny Live On Stage in Manchester. Joshua is a big David Walliams’ fan, he’s read all of his books and even seen a few stage productions including Billionaire Boy, The Midnight Gang and Awful Auntie. Gangsta Granny is showing at the Manchester Opera House this November and is not to be missed by any David Walliams’ fan.

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be so boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

This heart-warming tale is for the whole family. The underlying point of the story follows Ben, who thinks his Granny is just a boring old lady. But luckily just in the nick of time he realises that not to be true.

We loved the show. One thing I loved was the extremely clever and impressive set. The stage was set with three structured that rotated between every scene- hidden panels revealed new rooms, beds pulled out of the walls! In the matter of seconds we were transformed from Granny’s kitchen to the tower of London!

There was also some amazing scenes when Ben was having a very imaginative dream or when Granny was telling one of her adventurous stories! With just something as a simple change of lighting- we were taken right into their dreams be that in India or Russia!

Me and Joshua thought some of the characters were hilarious and here’s some of our favourite. We loved Raj the shopkeeper and the fabulous Flavio from Strictly Stars! Mr Parker the nosy neighbour was also a very funny character.

It soon became apparent that Ben and his Granny were the forgotten relations in the family, Granny because she’s seen as ‘old and boring’ and Ben because he doesn’t love ballroom dancing like his parents- he dreams to be a plumber.

Gangsta Granny was funny for the whole family. The occasional farting from Granny and even the Queen had Joshua in hysterics. The hilarious dance competition scene even gave the show a ‘panto’ feel as we cheered and clapped along.

Gangsta Granny is in Manchester now until Sunday 28th November. For more information see here.

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