Mister Maker and the Shapes are nearing the end of their 2017 live UK tour. The show has been touring the length and breadth of the UK and we were lucky enough to see it last weekend at the New Theatre Royal in Lincoln. Find out why I believe everyone should go and see Mister Maker and the Shapes Live.
Mister Maker is a fun and entertaining art show on the popular Kids TV network CBeebies. He has been on the screen for the past 10 years. Jamie has always loved the show as it’s fun and captivating. Mister Maker otherwise known as Phil Gallagher is a little bit crazy and certainly knows how to keep the little ones entertained. We actually first saw Mister Maker back in 2015 at Butlins, also with the shapes. Jamie loved it and so when I heard he was now touring with a show I knew I had to take my show mad boy.
Mister Maker and the Shapes LIVE
We were welcomed at The New Theatre royal by a large huggable mascot bear. This is not associated with the Mister Maker show but is a nice touch for the kids from the theatre. Jamie gave him a high five. We perused the merchandise on offer and we were handed a Mister Maker sticker and a coloured sheet of paper. We bought some drinks and took our seats. I love the interior of the theatre. It’s very classic and how a theatre should look in the UK.
Before Mister Maker appears on stage there are four dancers who come onstage to entertain with a song and some dancing. They aren’t sure where Mister Maker and the shapes are so they are set the task to find them. This built up the excitement and anticipation. At last, they find Mister Maker and he bounds on the stage full of energy. This energy never really goes throughout the performance.
As well as minute makes and other live crafts there is dancing…yes dancing from Mister Maker and the opportunity for some of the audience members to come onstage and help out. The funniest part was when 3 adults were invited onstage and had to wear Mister Makers three 1 minute makes and provide a noise to accompany what they were wearing. I know we shouldn’t take the mickey out of people but some of the noises were just hilarious.
The other really great thing about the show was that it was long enough to have an interval. The first half was 45 minutes long. Then there was a 15-minute interval followed by another 20 minutes. Sometimes I feel that children’s shows are actually a little bit too short. But this was just perfect, although I did have to endure the first half with Jamie constantly asking when the Shapes would be onstage.
Jamie was in a bit of a sulky mood, not adjusting to the clocks going back, that sort of thing. But he was soon sat up in his seat joining in. It’s not only an interactive show for those that are chosen to go onstage but for the audience as well. You are encouraged to join in and the coloured piece of paper is crushed up by your kids at the end of the first half and passed along for some art later in the show.
The second half was the most entertaining. Mostly because the shapes arrived on stage and Mister Maker had everyone joining in with the Shapes dance. We had previously learnt this at Butlins and it is great fun. Jamie joined in with all of it and had me doing it for hours after. They also made some large frame-it art work using all the scrunched up paper from the audience.
Mister maker does not disappoint. He is exactly how he is on the TV and the show is energetic, funny and most of all entertaining. He only lost the audience briefly during the minute make recap. This is very good going for a kids show. Mister Maker has been touring for a few years now and hopefully, he will return with the Shapes in 2018. If he does be sure to go and see them, it won’t disappoint.
The other really great thing about the show is that we were encouraged to get our cameras and phones out of our bags and get snapping. This rarely happens in a theatre show and it’s always nice to be able to share my own photos with you rather than press ones.
New Theatre Royal
The New Theatre Royal in Lincoln was reopened under new management in 2016. They have a capacity of 475 and are doing a fabulous job of bringing quality shows and entertainment back to the theatre. They have a really good selection of kids shows on throughout the year. Next year is going to be a really exciting year for them as they already have the Teletubbies and Peppa pig booked. Aladdin is their winter pantomime for 2017. They are located in the heart of the city and it’s just a short walk to restaurants, shops, free museums and historical attractions.
If you’d like to find out more about Lincoln why not check out my post here – 12 Great things to do in the City of Lincoln, family days out.
Here are a few snippets from the show with Mister Maker and the Shapes ( I had no intention to film this but it was so much fun I just had to! ).
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Disclaimer: We were provided with tickets for the purpose of this review