Disclosure: We were provided with our tickets free of charge for the purpose of this post.
Last Saturday we headed to Arena Birmingham to see Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure. Live shows like this one are a great way of introducing children to the concept of live theatre, with the characters they know and love coming to life on the stage.
The story begins with Cap’n Turbot managing to fall into a mysterious cavern, and of course Ryder and the pups come to the rescue! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and the Paw Patrol pups find a secret treasure map, and then go on a mad adventure to hunt down the treasure. All your favourite characters from the TV series show up, with Mayor Humdinger and his kittens trying to beat the pups to the treasure.
Ryder, Marshall, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye and Rubble are on the stage from the beginning of the show, with frequent appearances from Cap’n Turbot and Mayor Goodway – along with Chickaletta, of course. Tracker, the newest pup, comes along to save the day later on in the show, to the great delight of the audience. To warn fans of the snow loving pup considering seeing the show, Everest doesn’t appear in the Great Pirate Adventure.
Paw Patrol Live is really fun and entertaining, and both Georgie and Lydia really enjoyed the show. The songs, which make up the majority of the show, are super catchy without being annoying, and the set and costumes are all bright and colourful.
Lydia, along with plenty of other children around the arena, was up and dancing along to the music. The girls were given paper pirate flags when we went to our seats, and they were encouraged to shout and wave them every time the Pirate Parrot made an appearance on the stage, as Cap’n Turbot was determined to snap a photo of the elusive bird.
The show is one and a half hours long, with a 15 minute intermission. You get plenty of warning to take your seat both at the start of the show and at the end of the interval. The show is entertaining and moves along quickly enough for the little ones in the audience to stay engaged and not get bored. There is plenty of Paw Patrol Live merchandise available for your little ones to take a souvenir home, although it is pretty expensive.
As for the pups themselves, the puppets are really large in size with adult actors stood inside operating them and doing all the talking/singing. The operators wear in-obtrusive grey outfits but do accessories with pirate bandanas once the pups have their own pirate hats! This large size of pup puppets makes it really easy for the kids in the audience to watch the show, and the way their eyes, mouths, tails and ears move around is really clever. An LED screen at the back of the stage
The show still has some more stops before it finishes it’s UK tour:
London – Sat 25 & Sun 26 Aug – The SSE Area, Wembley
Leeds – Wed 29 Aug – First Direct Arena
Bournemouth – Sat 1 & Sun 2 Sep – Bournemouth International Centre
Brighton – Sat 8 & Sun 9 Sep – Brighton Centre
Visit the Paw Patrol Live UK website for more information & to purchase tickets.