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Peppa Pig: My First Concert – Assembly Hall

I still have the Peppa Pig theme tune song in my head. Its entire lyrics are: “Peppa Pig / Peppa Pig / Peppa Pig”. There may or may not be a pig-like snort in there somewhere. The target audience was out in force – the buggy storage area was a sight to behold in itself – and there was something strangely enjoyable about being in an audience where distracted small children bounce around and occasionally have to be restrained by front-of-house staff from climbing on the stage. There really should have been colouring sheets available or something.

Peppa Pig My First Concert - courtsey of Chloé Nelkin Consulting
Peppa Pig My First Concert – courtsey of Chloé Nelkin Consulting.

The main characters, Peppa, four years old, George, two, and Mummy and Daddy (ages unascertained) are portrayed very convincingly. The children are large puppets and the parents are actors in costumes (okay, never mind about the colouring sheets, a cast list would have been nice!), and the voices are very much like those on the television series – I found myself watching a few episodes before seeing this live show – with the pitch, tone and mannerisms exactly as they would be on telly.

But as each episode is about five minutes long, and this is an hour-long show, most of the children coped remarkably well. I suppose their parents will have made an assessment as to whether they would be able to manage, and the whole thing is a useful introduction to classical music for anyone of any age. Members of the Aurora Orchestra are introduced by ‘Sarah’, and even before the show, a horn player was taking requests from members of the audience: the performance I attended was treated to (amongst other things) a tune from the Harry Potter films and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’.

‘The Bing Bong Song’ (not a euphemism for, well, anything) had the entire audience, with words on display, singing along, with actions: “Bong bing boo / Bing bong bing / Bing bong / Bingly, bungly, boo!” Again, and again, and again. And one more time. I’m making it sound tortuous, but it was a whole load of fun. Especially when played by an orchestra. I also came away feeling as though I’d learnt a thing or two – it’s fairly common knowledge, I suppose, but it had never before registered with me that the tune for ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ was composed by Mozart – the same one melody is used for the ‘The Alphabet Song’, though this production spares the audience from singing, “a, b, c, d, e, f, g…”.

That said, there’s plenty of audience participation, with the invitation to follow the on-stage choreography. Particularly at the Edinburgh Fringe, where pretty much anything goes, if all these children (and children at heart) want to “splish, splash” in muddy puddles, let them go for it. A magnificent, thoughtful and engaging production.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Join Peppa Pig at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer for her musical interactive show Peppa Pig: My First Concert. This fun, new production featuring a live orchestra, will introduce little piggies to different instruments and their unique sounds while encouraging families to sing along to the favourite songs from the record-breaking TV series.

Peppa Pig: My First Concert,
from Mozart to muddy puddles!
Assembly Hall, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Thursday 4th – Sunday 21st August 2022, 10:00 (Wed–Mon) and 11:50 (Sat–Sun)

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