Wackadoo – we saw Bluey, for real life, LIVE on stage, and it was amazing.
This never-seen before theatrical adaption of the award winning television show, Bluey, is equally as good as the TV show. Presented by Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Out of the Box in association with BBC Studios, Andrew Kay and Windmill Theatre Co., this original story, created by Joe Brumm especially for the stage, will hold the kid’s attention, particularly because they haven’t already seen it ten times!!
Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show centres around the many ways Bluey and Bingo can get dad off the bean bag and playing with them. It also delivers a message of sisterhood and the benefits of being a good role model.
The puppetry in this performance is amazing, with plenty of emotion being conveyed via the characters faces, with the help of the puppeteers. The backdrops and set are bright and colourful and in keeping with the television show.
As with any of the Bluey shows, there are plenty of subtle jokes aimed at adults, as well as many funny bits that will have your little ones in fits of laughter. Expect lots of dancing, fun antics from Bluey and her family and lots of belly laughs. (Don’t be surprised if mum even sheds a tear!!)
What We Thought
Miss 6 loves Bluey and thought the show was terrific. ‘My favourite bit was when Chattermax and everyone was dancing. It was like a disco.’
Master 8 secretly still loves Bluey and didn’t take his eyes off the stage. Without giving too much away, his favourite part was when a certain two characters were driving and kept crashing into things.
Mum’s Thoughts: I love Bluey as much as the kids, and as such had high expectations of the stage show (I was not disappointed!) There were smiles all round and lots of giggles and ‘laugh out loud’ moments. It was hard to stay still in your seat as the Heeler family performed their signature dance moves on the stage. I loved seeing the children in the audience happy and in awe of seeing Bluey live on stage. And yes, I was that mum wiping away tears at the end of the show!!
Attending the Show
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Playhouse is easy to access via car with plenty of paid carparks surrounding the area (TIP: pre-book online to save $$) or use public transport.
Whilst the show is only about 45 minutes long, with no interval, it still pays to make sure all family members have visited the restrooms before the show gets under way (you don’t want to be ducking out mid-show if you can help it.)
Due to COVID-19 regulations, NO cushions or booster seats will be provided. If your little one requires a bit of height to see over the chair in front of them, it might be an idea to bring your own cushion.
There is limited space to park prams, so keep this in mind when planning your visit.
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
If you, or anyone attending, feels unwell, then please stay home
Register contact details for all guests attending the show
Practice personal hygiene.
Follow one-way traffic routing
Maintain physical distance where possible.
In order to minimise crowding in the foyer, an online merchandise shop has been set up. You can pre-purchase your Bluey merchandise anytime, up until midnight before the performance you are attending. Your goods can then be collected at a nominated time from the dedicated Bluey Shop at QPAC. Merchandise on offer includes exclusive caps, t-shirts, hoodies, books and plush toys.
There will be three special performances of Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show: two ‘relaxed’ performances and one Auslan Interpreted Performance. For further details and tickets check out the QPAC website.
Those with mobility issues are catered for at QPAC, with accessible seating, lifts and accessible toilets available.
You can catch Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show at the Playhouse (QPAC) until the 10th of January 2021, before touring nationally. Tickets start at just $39 and can be purchased from the QPAC website.