Youth Ambassador Review: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

Two of our Youth Ambassadors went along to the opening night of The Animals and Children Took to the Streets. One of them couldn't stop telling me how outstanding the performance was, she's even planning on going to watch it again! Have you got your tickets yet?


Rather than watching a film or reading a book this weekend, your time would be much better spent watching The Animals & Children Took to the Streets, where you can experience elements of these activities, but like never before. Any previous perceptions of how a show should be created and performed were stretched beyond my expectations as I was experiencing the delight that is The Animals & Children Took to the Streets. A theatre performance doesn't come close to describing this piece of entertainment, as the best of technology is utilised to create a show that can be enjoyed by absolutely anyone, appealing to the child in all of us while addressing the humour of every grown up in the room.

All of this, yet the show uses only three actors and three screens as the main components on stage; it is the use of animation and projection that adds another dimension to the work, something we aren't accustomed to seeing in traditional theatre. The quality of production and performance in the work creates an illusion that I didn't realise I was in until we were applauding at the end - talk about immersion! I was 7 years old once again and my imagination was coming to life before my very eyes. My biggest concern from here, however, is that when I go to bed my dreams are going to be dull, maybe even mundane, because I can't see them competing with the captivating world of Red Herring Street!




A delicious mixture of the terrifying and terrific, The Animals and the Children took to the Streets is a compelling journey through the pages of a slightly stained storybook; a real modern day Grimm's' fairytale played out by three actors against a backdrop of computer animated scenery.

Set in the murky downtown Bayou; the play centres on the interlinking stories of the earnest if misguided Agnes Eves and the depressed Caretaker of the dingy tenement block as they battle through life in the rough part of town ruled by brigades of wild children. Sounds intriguing? It definitely is: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets is two parts fairytale and one part grim reality; lilted along by an offbeat score of quirky piano and subtly sinister songs which ultimately leave you mesmerised and unsettled.

The play, which can accurately be described as a real-life storybook, is not necessarily one for the littlies, despite its laugh out loud moments of hilarity and gorgeous illustrated animations.  Through the tale of Agnes and her daughter who arrive in the Bayou to save these evil children with the help of 'pasta bows and PVA', and the chaos that ensues, the Animals and the Children Took to the Streets highlights the rigidity of class structure and the harsh realities of life at the bottom of the heap.

Lovers of films such as 'The Triplets of Bellville' and 'Amelie' will find the show satisfying both visually and content-wise, yet it is a story that is accessible to all from older children upwards. It is not a show to be missed and it will leave you questioning society's morality.