Penguins at Birmingham REP

by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63

Penguins at Birmingham REP

Have you ever visited the zoo and watched the penguins perform their underwater ballet?

Visit Birmingham Repertory Theatre before 10th February and you can see Penguins, a family friendly ballet that is awesome. Based on the real life story of two male penguins that raised an abandoned egg at Central Park Zoo in New York City, this absolutely adorable performance is at The Rep is a delight.

Corey Annand, Osian Meilir, Jack Webb in Penguins. Photo by Robert Day
Corey Annand, Osian Meilir, Jack Webb in Penguins. Photo by Robert Day

I did love this show, but more than that, I loved watching the little man next to me, he was maybe two years old and had eyes like saucers throughout and a huge smile as he watched the two grown men playing the part of two penguins. With not a word spoken and some beautiful dance moves this incredibly show is the perfect production to introduce your tiny tots to dance and drama. This could have very easily have been a pretentious show for arty parents but it really is a joy and is not at all pretentious .

This story is very easy for young ‘uns to follow. And to be honest, even if the younger audience members don’t follow the story, they all seem to enjoy the two penguins played by Osian Meilir and Jack Webb. Their swimming scenes are a real delight, the penguins eat fish and coo ( do penguins coo? Or is that just pigeons?) The single set, is the penguin colony at the zoo, and it doesn’t change throughout this short show. Lasting just under one hour it really is just long enough to captivate younger audiences.

Jack Webb Corey Annand & Osian Meilir in Penguins. Photo by Robert Day
Jack Webb Corey Annand & Osian Meilir in Penguins. Photo by Robert Day

Corey Annand plays both the zookeeper and the baby penguin chick and all three artists are great. Ballet skills, a straightforward story and with lovely chemistry makes Penguins an absolute charming first theatre experience. More than that, it is aimed at children, so take your pre schooler and don’t worry if they chatter throughout, nobody else will.

With half of the audience being under five, I really was expecting a lot of chatter, the only thing I heard was “I can’t see anything” when the lights dimmed. Children being so very quiet, this really was something special. The only thing that made me sad: this show didn’t exist when my children were small enough to appreciate it.

Penguins
Penguins

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Cahoots NI and Prime Theatre present Penguins at Birmingham REP until 10th February.

Book tickets to see Penguins at Birmingham REP before here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/penguins There’s even a relaxed performance on 8th February.


This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to see Penguins by Birmingham REP. It is not known if Julie had fish for dinner.

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