Rudolf at MAC – live theatre for kids

Disclosure: We were given press tickets free of charge for the purpose of this blog post.

On Saturday morning we headed over to Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) to see Rudolf, their new children’s theatre show suitable for children aged 4+.

Rudolf is a Pins & Needles and MAC original co-production which tells the story of what happened one Christmas at the Starry Safari Park and how it saved the park from the brink of closure.

The story is introduced by Baggie the Snowy Owl, and begins with a flying red light and a crash landing in the middle of the night – and a very confused new creature at the Safari park who doesn’t remember her name or where she’s come from. Maybe she’s an alien!

Rudolf doesn’t even remember which species she is, and travels around the Safari Park meeting the different animals who live there and trying to join in with them.

She just doesn’t understand why there isn’t anyone like her – she can’t dance like the flamingoes and she doesn’t have the right kind of stripes to fit in with the zebras. Rudi desperately wants to know who she is and where she comes from, and ends up learning why being different isn’t a bad thing.

The show has some really fun songs and characters, with just three actors bringing it to life. Hannah Bristow is hugely entertaining as Rudolf, while Lakesha Cammock brings puppet Baggie the Snowy Owl to life and Tea Poldervaart is hilarious as the owner of the safari park, Earl.

Both Lydia and Georgie really enjoyed the show and it kept James & I laughing too. It’s a lovely story with a fab cast, clever set design and a happy ending to leave you feeling full of Christmas spirit.

Rudolf tickets cost between £9.50 & £15.50, and it is on until 31st December. Relaxed & BSL performances are on Friday 30th November & Saturday 15th December. It is around an hour long. We definitely recommend it as an enjoyable festive family day out this holiday season.