Review: Michaela Strachan's Really Wild Adventures, Nottingham Playhouse
DID you know that the weight of all the ants in the world is equal to that of all humans?
Neither did this amazed reviewer until Michaela Strachan brought her Really Wild Adventures show to the Playhouse.
The show derives inspiration from her book of poetry, which takes a humorous and witty look at her vast experience of filming with animals.
Strachan is, of course, a household TV name, and has been since the early 80s.
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She has appeared on such shows as TV-AM, the Wide Awake Club, the Really Wild Show and Springwatch – and became something of a pin-up, especially for members of Scouting for Girls (the band included the secret track Michaela Strachan You Broke My Heart (When I Was 12), on their eponymous debut album. Bless…).
Her new show is 60 minutes long and that's probably just the right length for the audience it targets – mainly kids, though dads aren't disappointed either.
It is crammed with detailed talks and tales of many different types of animals and, being one of those aforementioned dads, the mere mention of a certain animal created many a double-entendre opportunity.
Anyway, back to the task in hand, which was for her to talk about an animal for every letter of the alphabet. This was the challenge Strachan had set herself.
The journey from A to Z is full of fun, surprises, poems, dances and audience participation which the children loved – from polar bear dentistry (involving participation from one unsuspecting dad in the audience) to Animal X-Factor, involving an equally unsuspecting mum.
The show culminated with a haunting yet optimistic poem about an orphaned orangutan, which ended proceedings on a positive and reflective note.
In a squirrel's nutshell, a fun-filled hour of animal antics which kids – and dads – enjoyed.