After a week of glorious sunshine I was really looking forward to an outdoor theatre performance in the beautiful grounds at Stockwood Discovery Centre. However, this was half term, so obviously the clouds were rolling in as we arrived. Determined to see this outdoor show, I was relieved it had been relocated indoors – can’t wait to return for an outdoor show this Summer though!
We were going to see Curious Creatures by Squashbox Theatre. The blurb goes…
Welcome to the ‘Curious Creatures’ wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson: world-renowned explorer, zoologist and animal collector. Nobody knows more about animals than him. Unfortunately, Jeremiah Johnson is currently lost somewhere in the jungles of Africa, so he has handed the running of the park over to his inexperienced nephew Craig… and things don’t quite go as planned.
For 50 minutes were were entertained with puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music – plus lots of amazing natural history facts! We met all sorts of animals from performing fleas, skateboarding snails and gymnastic gerbils to an irritable alligator, over-excited elephants, and a very intelligent orang-utan.
Although recommended for children aged 5+ my 3 year old squealed, giggled and shrieked her way through the whole thing. My younger daughter didn’t get so much out of it but she was able to wander around so it didn’t matter. Us grown ups had a great time though – the show genuinely made both my husband and I laugh out loud!
Luckily the foreboding clouds never delivered any rain so we were able to make the most of Stockwood Discovery Centre after the show. We’d taken a picnic along so got to enjoy that on the outdoor benches before a cheeky ice cream from the cafe. The girls played in the adventure playground and explored the gardens before heading home – a brilliant family day out.
Where to catch shows this Summer
The Sea Show by Squashbox Theatre
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th July
11.00am & 1.30pm
The Sea Show is a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret.
Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards. Come and celebrate the sea with tall tales, silly slapstick, fantastic facts, live music and songs – unmissable fun for children and adults of all ages!
Theatre in Museums: The Curator
Friday 25th July, 8th & 22nd August
10.30am, 11.30am & 1.00pm
It’s not a normal day for our intrepid rule following curator. Join them for the museum tour of a lifetime where everything changes and new mysteries reveal themselves. Can you help solve the puzzle? Let’s find out together!
More about Squashbox Theatre
Squashbox Theatre is Craig Johnson, an actor, musician and puppeteer, and long-standing member of Cornwall’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre.
More about Stockwood Discovery Centre
Stockwood Discovery Centre is a museum with extensive grounds in Luton. There are various temporary and permanent exhibitions, gardens, a tasty cafe and great adventure playground too! There are also activities and events around the year. Entry is free, although donations are welcome (some activities are chargeable)