Saturday, 10 August 2013

Review: Brainiac Live! at The Palace Theatre, London.

This week the 3 eldest Toothpaste kids and I were lucky enough to take trip into London to see Brainiac Live! at The Palace Theatre, which is a beautiful old theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.  If you are not aware Brainiac is a TV program on Sky 1 where they do all sorts of weird and wonderful experiments and Charlie especially loves it as he loves anything involving science or maths, I knew he was also likely to love the live show.
We had great seats in the stalls and I knew we were in for a treat when the show started with the explosion of a caravan and lots of very loud music!

I didn't take lots of photos as I don't want to spoil it too much for you if you are due to go and see it, however it is such a great show.  What I liked most about it is that it is very interactive, my children were clapping and shouting all the way through and all the way through the cast were talking to the audience and encouraging them to join in.  It is only a small cast, but they were all great and they genuinely seemed to have fun on stage - and on more than one occasion you could definitely tell that the experiments they were doing were genuinely real and not staged.  Charlie's favourite cast member was definitely Brainiac Dave.  I also liked that the show was an hour long without an interval, I felt it was the perfect length to keep the children engaged.  I have read some reviews online saying that they did not think the show was good for older kids, however Chloe (who is nearly 11) loved it as much as the boys and couldn't stop going on about how good it was for the rest of the day.  I think you need to take this show for what it is...great live entertainment, pure and simple.  It may not be the cup of tea of people that think they are intellectually superior to the rest of the population, however I thoroughly enjoyed it and was glad to have been able to take my kids to see it (and for the record the BeyoncĂ© dance is amazeballs!). 
Brainiac Live! is only running until Saturday 17th August and if you have kids that enjoy lots of noise and bangs this is definitely a must see.  You can see all the details of the performance times and prices on the Brainiac Live! website here.
Disclosure: The Toothpaste kids and I were given tickets to go and see this show for the purposes of this review.

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