REVIEW: Gangsta Granny - Billingham Forum Theatre

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture by Mark Douet
Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture by Mark Douet

Comedian David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel is brilliantly brought to life in this uproarious stage version.

As the story goes, it’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny!

There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake, and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be “so boring”.

But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

This Birmingham Stage Company presentation comes from the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories, and is just as good.

I was accompanied by my five-year-old son Frankie, who thoroughly enjoyed the cheeky, silly and laugh-out-loud show.

Ashley Cousins is a delight as ‘Little Benny’ and utterly believable as an 11-year-old schoolboy, but it’s Gangsta Granny herself, played by Gilly Tompkins, who really steals the show.

The relationship between the pair blossoms as increasingly wide-eyed Ben learns of all of Granny’s exploits.

They plot a daring raid on the Crown Jewels which ends up with an unexpected and hilarious meeting with The Queen.

The show is a delight and makes for great entertainment for little ‘uns and mums and dads too. Don’t miss it !

Gangsta Granny continues at the Forum Theatre this week until Sunday, March 5.

For tickets visit the Forum’s website here.