Birmingham’s Family Theatre: Pongo’s Party at The Old Rep

Via The Old Rep

Pongo’s Party comes to The Old Rep in Birmingham this summer!

Plus enter our art competition to win tickets for the show and meet the characters.

Pongo’s Party is an interactive family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds. It’s full of fun, songs and games, featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher himself, AKA CBeebies’ Mr Tumble, as Pongo the Pig! Come along and join in the party, play in a huge children’s band and take part in the town’s biggest ever game of pass the parcel!

Pongo's Party
Pongo’s Party

Created and presented by Martin Parsons (Playdays Live, Sooty’s Magic Castle) and Kate Ashmead (Tweenies, Thomas & Friends Live) and with original direction by one of the top names in children’s entertainment, Playschool Presenter and BBC Tweenies’ creator Iain Lauchlan,  Pongo’s Party is set on a vibrant, colourful and imaginative farmyard that’s home to a whole host of loveable puppet characters. Its from Honalee Media, the team who brought you last year’s Marty MacDonald’s Farm.

Martin and Kate – a real-life husband and wife team who play ‘Marty MacDonald’ and ‘Sally the Scarecrow’ – are particularly excited about this brand new show for 2015.

Martin tells us, “We have always been committed to producing top quality, live entertainment that can reach as wide an audience as possible, and this one has everything that children could ever want at a party! Plus, thanks to support from Arts Council England and the Makaton Charity, we are thrilled to be including Makaton signing in the show, so that everyone can join in the many songs and nursery rhymes we’ll be singing.”

Justin Fletcher (Left) and Pongo
Justin Fletcher (Left) and Pongo

He explains, “Makaton is a language of signs and symbols which is used extensively by people with communication or learning difficulties. Thanks to Justin’s use of signing in the hugely popular CBeebies programme Something Special, Makaton has become even more widely known and used.”

Kate goes on to say, “Having worked and been friends with Justin for many years – he was in fact Best Man at our wedding! – we have seen what a positive impact Mr Tumble’s use of signing has had on a pre-school TV audience.  We now feel very proud and excited to be bringing a little of this to our theatre audiences – and of course, to having Justin once again provide the voice for Pongo the Pig!”

Come and help make Pongo’s Party a day to remember, by joining in a show full of songs, games, fun and laughter. Who knows, you may even win the pass-the-parcel prize!

The Old Rep, Birmingham
The Old Rep, Birmingham

Pongo’s Party will be performed at The Old Rep on the 19th & 20th August at 1:30pm. Tickets for this exciting show are just £10.50 for adults, with concessions at £9.50. The Old Rep are also offering a family ticket for £36, which admits four. To book, call the Box Office on 0121 359 9444 or visit (online booking fee applies).

Competition time!

To celebrate Pongo’s Party coming to The Old Rep, we want to know how you would like to party with Pongo the Pig! To enter, all you have to do is tell us which animal you would invite to Pongo’s Party, and draw us a picture to go with it.  You can use anything you like to design your animal; paint, glitter, tissue paper, coloured card, anything to make your picture stand out.

Entrants must be aged 10 or younger. Send your pictures to The Old Rep, Station Street, Birmingham, B5 4DY, or email to Please include your name, age and a contact number.

The amazing winner of the competition will receive four free tickets to Pongo’s Party at The Old Rep, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the characters from the show.

Even if you are not the lucky winner, The Old Rep will be sharing all entries on Facebook at Twitter @TheOldRep pages!