After the success of taking the kids to see Guess How Much I Love You earlier this week, today we returned to Waterside Arts Centre to watch AAAAAAAAAAAAGH! Dinosaurs, written and performed by Dommy B.
We weren’t completely sure what to expect. We knew Dommy B (or Dominic Berry as he is also known) is an award winning poet but I wasn’t sure how his stories would translate onto a stage. I was also a bit worried whether one man on a stage would be enough to keep the kids entertained.
I needn’t have worried!
Dom was engaging and enthusiastic from the moment we took our seats. He took the time to speak to all the families as we arrived, and asked the children about their favourite dinosaurs. He was clearly a natural entertainer and brilliant with the kids.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! Dinosaurs is a delightfully silly tale about trolls, dragons and dinosaurs. What children wouldn’t love that?! My three found the story, and Dom himself, hilarious. My nine year old is notoriously hard to please, and so it was lovely to see him chuckling away.
The show is interactive, and the audience are encouraged to join in with the rhymes. The children were also asked to answer questions, and their answers were incorporated in the poems throughout the show. It was brilliant how quickly Dom could think of the rhymes, especially with the some of the funny answers the kids came up with.
There was a short interval where Dom’s books were available for purchase, which he signed for each child. One of the books sold out, which is testament to how much the kids obviously all loved the show. Anything that gets my kids eager to read is a win with me! Ben has been engrossed in his since we came home!
Dom was charismatic and naturally funny, but also inspiring too. He told the children if they found something they enjoyed and worked really hard, they too could have a job they loved. He told them that they may receive knock backs but the key is to never give up. It obviously made an impression on Ben, as when asked what the best thing in the world was later in the show, he didn’t respond with sweets, or rabbits like I was expecting. He said “never giving up”.
You can’t really ask for more than that!
If you get the opportunity to see one of Dom’s shows, we would highly recommend it.
I was given complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review, but as always opinions are my own.