Sometimes we get invited to something that makes my girls extremely happy and that is exactly what happened last night. You see we headed to the Opera House Theatre in Manchester to watch Gangsta Granny, a theatrical version of the David Walliams book. My girls were very excited as they are huge David Walliams fans.
When I was little I loved reading. I read everything I could find and even ended up reading my mums Catherine Cookson collection when I ran out of age appropriate book. I always knew that when I had kids the one thing I wanted to instill in them was a love of reading. Reading can take you on a journey to foreign lands, teach you so much about different cultures and even transport you through time.
Alison has always loved reading and most nights we have to go up stairs and tell her to turn her light off and go to sleep because she is engrossed in her latest book. Elizabeth on the other hand never really found reading to be interesting. I always knew that if I could find the right books then she would be hooked but try as I might I just couldn’t get it right. I thought we had cracked in back in January with the Series of Unfortunate events books but it seems once she watched the episodes on Netflix she was no longer interested in the books. So I was over the moon when she came home and asked me to buy her The Midnight Gang by David Walliams. You see, her teacher had been reading it to the class and she couldn’t wait to hear what happened next. Well I jumped at this opportunity to encourage her reading and we soon owned every single David Walliams book. She has read one after another and so has her sister.
David Walliams is a fantastic author who brings humour to his stories in a way that has been likened to Roald Dahl. His character creation is brilliant and yet you can almost imagine that you know people like the ones featured in his stories.
Gangsta Granny follows the adventure of Ben as he has to spend each of his Friday nights at his boring old Granny’s house. However things are not boring for long but I don’t want to spoil any surprises for you.
Gangsta Granny is touring the UK and will be in the Opera House Theatre until Sunday 11th June with performances: Wednesday and Friday 10am and 7pm , Thursday 10am and 2pm , Saturday 10.30am and 2.30pm and Sunday 11am. Tickets are available from £19 and I highly recommend going if you have a David Walliams fan in the family or if you have a reluctant reader who you want to inspire. Most of Davids other books were available to purchase in the foyer for £6.99 so you can keep that love alive straight away.
If you are not in Manchester and still want to see the show then checkout the Birmingham Stage Company website to find out more about the tour dates and tickets.