Review: The Smeds and the Smoos at The Lowry is ‘full of music, laughter and life lessons’

Join Bill and Janet, the star-crossed alien lovers from The Smeds and the Smoos, on an interplanetary adventure full of music, laughter, and life lessons in this heartwarming adaptation by Tall Stories
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The creators of the Gruffalo blast you off into a far-off planet with an important message for children and adults.

If you’ve ever seen a Julia Donaldson and Axle Scheffler adaptation on stage then you know that not only will your littles be kept on their toes, the grown-ups will as well.

From the Creators of the Gruffalo

On a far-off planet, Smeds and Smoos can’t be friends. So when young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, how will their families get them back?

This show is full of music, laughs and interplanetary adventures for everyone aged 3 and up, from Tall Stories – the company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage.

The Smeds and the Smoos on Stage

The Smeds and the Smoos adapted to theatre by living up to everything you would expect from a glorious and action packed kids show.

The story of the star-crossed aliens has been brought alive by Tall Stories who is well known for creating theatre for younger audiences full of dancing and songs that little ones will love.

You are taken on a journey with Bill, a Smoo and Janet a Smed, two aliens who are not allowed to play together due to being different from each other (Bill is blue, Janet is red), but end up running away to be together.

Just like a Pantomime

During the performance it was lovely to hear lots of children in the audience reciting the book they know so well and the audience was invited to join in with dancing, and the pantomime-esque interaction kept the little ones very much a part of this performance.

The songs are fun and elevate Donaldson’s story, with the audience having a great time getting involved with the singing.

The moral of the tale is brought alive on stage and couldn’t be more poignant.

Great Moral Messages and Life Lessons

The messages of love are love, being kind, understanding differences, avoiding preconceptions and building positive relationships seem to come across even more on stage, with the songs adding an emotive level that kids
will understand.

The Amazing Tall Stories

Tall Stories has really thought about every element of this story with fantastic puppets and a mobile modular set design that is imaginative and colourful conveying different worlds and different alien creatures.

My little ones who are 7 and 5 enjoyed watching this and with the performance being an hour long, it was the right length for your alien-loving little ones.

The Smeds and the Smoos the Musical is at the Lowry until Sunday 29 October

You can get tickets here

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