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Oh No, George! - A theatrical Review

Updated: Oct 24, 2022



Oh No, George! is based on the award winning book by Chris Haughton a loveable dog who is trying to be good but just can’t quite manage it.


From the book…


Bold, hilarious artwork captures the innocent charm of affable George, a dog who is trying to be good — with disastrous results. George is a dog with all the best intentions. And his owner, Harry, has all the best hopes that George will be a well-behaved dog when he leaves him alone for the day.


Disclaimer

Before we get into our thoughts I should mention (if you didn’t already know) Dad and Dadda own and run a production company that specialises in Murder Mysteries and family Theatre. So our judgement is generally quite critical. We have also let Monkey write his thoughts. So here goes…



Our Thoughts

It’s always interesting when a Theatrical company decides to take a book and rework it for the stage, what will they put in? what will they take out? Will they adapt it to be totally different?


The good news is Can’t sit still managed to keep in all the elements from the book. They captured the spirit beautifully and included moments that had adults and children alike rolling with laughter. They added music, dance, and acrobatics seamlessly into the production to add a new dynamic to the play.



The set, which was bright and interesting, was quite minimal, added to the backdrop of the production and you could see how it would work for a travelling theatre set-up. However, in my opinion could have been used a little better. For instance, when George and Cat had their big fight scene would be an ideal time for the characters to create the Oh No! sign rather than when Harris and George were cleaning up.





The characters, George and Harris wore distinctive, individualised, bright costumes, and the good news is even though George (the dog) was played by a human the kids all believed he was a dog! The music, dance and acrobatics were great, and the kids let out an audible gasp as George flipped across the stage. The characters did a great job of including the audience and at points, when they entered the audience, they made sure that all children were involved.


The production lasted 55 minutes and flowed from start to finish.




Here’s what Monkey thought…

Today I saw Oh No, George! at the theatre, I thought the show was AMAZING!!! the best bit was when the cat peed all over the audience and when George and Harris went for a walk, as it was set to music. I thought the cat could have been a person because it would have

been FUNNIER if both George and the cat did gymnastics.


The only bit I thought that could have been better was that the puppeteer needed to be more camouflaged, so that you did not know they were there.

Overall, I would give it 4 ½ stars!



Overall opinion

Rules of Dadding must agree with Monkey here. 4 ½ stars and that is only because of my one criticism. If Oh No, George! is on near you I would highly recommend you going to see it.





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