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Is your a Granny Gangsta?
24 Oct 2016
by Kirsty Smallman

Nobody can help but smile when your son – grinning with his two front teeth missing – runs out of the theatre and into the arms of his nanny and asks “do you do naked yoga nanny?”

Yes we’d been to Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury and watched the hilarious production of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny.

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of Facebook status’ saying how much fun it was and they weren’t wrong!

Our boys aged five and seven years old loved it and as parents we did too!

The references to Granny breaking wind, turning into a burglar at night and her cabbage based meals (I’m not sure the boys will touch cabbage again!) sparked plenty of laugh out loud moments throughout the production.

I am always amazed at how so few cast members can put on such a great production and tell such a brilliant story.

Ten people in total graced the stage – my favourite had to be Granny though!

We had a fabulous family day at the theatre which just happened to be my birthday weekend too. What we find as a family is that a visit to the cinema results in a very peaceful couple of hours with very little conversation about the film during it or afterwards – after all you can always watch it again when it comes out on DVD.

With the theatre I think we make more of an effort to talk about the story, the stage, the costumes and the characters – it really is alive and makes us as a family feel alive!

Hours, days, weeks and months later we find ourselves discussing those special theatre trips.

My only word of warning is this… don’t do what so many of my friends did and wait until nearer the time to book tickets – a sell out is a sell out and you can’t sit on each other’s laps!

Miss it and miss out!

So let’s not dwell on the fantastic performance you missed out on! What is coming up for your family to enjoy?

What better way to bribe the kids into being good all through the half term holidays by rewarding them with a trip to Seussical the Musical at the end.


For those who like the action the Chinese State Circus is in town and on stage at Theatre Severn but be quick as tickets are limited for November 2.

Everyone loves a good comedy night so why shouldn’t the younger ones – Shrewsbury has the answer!

The Junior Jesters Comedy Club will be at the theatre on Sunday November 6th at 4pm.


Other “must see shows” include the annual pantomime which is Cinderella and then there’s shows including Santa’s Sleigh written by the superb Brad Fitt who is a familiar face to Theatre Severn and this year will be Buttons in Cinderella!

And into next year there’s Alice in Wonderland and Hansel and Gretel too.

Don’t forget theatre tickets make great Christmas and birthday presents for children and are very much appreciated by parents who have children with far too many toys!

For the full programme of children’s shows click here http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/childrens

Gangster Granny

Gangster Granny