York Mumbler Holly and her two children (4 and 7) recently went to see ‘The boy who bit Picasso’ at York Theatre Royal. Find out what they thought about it, plus lots of useful information in their review.

Untied Artists present ‘The boy who bit Picasso’, an interactive theatre show for everyone aged four and up. With storytelling, music and lots of chances to make your own art, this hands-on and hilarious family show introduces one of the 20th century’s most influential artists through the eyes of a young boy.

This was a completely brand new theatre experience for us. A feast for the eyes, ears and creative brain, ‘The boy who bit Picasso’ really is a fully immersive and interactive kids show. Throughout the performance the children were invited to take part and come down onto the stage to help create various pieces of art including making bull masks, helping Picasso to ‘cook the dinner’ and paint with ‘magic paint’.

The story follows a boy named Tony who lives on a farm in South Yorkshire, Picasso is an old family friend and one day comes to visit. Following his visit, Picasso asks Tony and his mother if they would like to stay with him during the summer holidays. So they take a plane to the South of France for 4 weeks of creative fun and frolics.

The lead character, Tony, puts the audience at ease from the very start by engaging with the kids whist everyone took their seats. This meant the kids really felt they could join in with all the activities once the performance had started. The main characters, Tony and Picasso, were the perfect blend of funny & silly with the main character Tony being really relateable to kids as he struggles to concentrate in class and do his times tables home work.

The stage was very simply set at the start and as the performance progressed the pieces of art the children created and new props were added to the set to create a vibrant collage. The actors played various instruments as they moved around the stage and interacted with the audience.

Set in York Theatre Royals Studio Stage, this intimate performance was a really special half term treat and got two thumbs up from all of us!

Disclaimer: York Mumbler was given complimentary tickets for the ‘The boy who bit Picasso’ at York Theatre Royal in exchange for an honest review.

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