This December we are very exited to be back in Leicester Square with our
Christmas Kid’s Show.Last year we travelled to locations as far afield as Harry Potter’s School, The Moon, Paddington’s
House and The Spooky House with Spooks and inside a lightbulb all from the twinkly comfort of the Spiegeltent.
One of the things I enjoy most about doing Showstopper The Improvised Musical is being able to
play the kinds of roles that I wouldn’t normally get cast as in a scripted show. Many’s the time I’ve
played a romantic lead, a much older woman, or a man, none of which I’d be able to play in real
life. But doing the Kid’s Show takes this to a whole new level. Never in my wildest dreams did I
imagine I’d one day find myself playing an Evil Sea Witch, Paddington Bear or even (wait for it) a
Cheese and Onion Pie.
In the Kid’s Show we only take suggestions from children which means that the ideas we are
given are always brilliantly weird. There is no place for clever adult logic in the kid’s show! If the
young audience decide they want to see a show set in the stomach of a chicken and if they later
decide that the people living in the stomach are Dumbledore and the current Queen of England
then that is exactly what we will (and indeed did) give them! There is still plenty of singing and
dancing in the Kid’s Show but it’s really all about the kids. The fact that the young audience are
effectively running the show; deciding plot, location and characters, means that we are always
kept on our toes, ready to jump through whatever hoops they give us, whether that hoop is made
of fire, sweets…or even poo.
By Susan Harrison