Wallace and Gromit – A Grand Night Out

Wallace and Gromit Musical Marvels

Last night we went to watch Wallace and Gromit musical Marvels, we have been really excited leading up to this. You can read about it here

Wallace & Gromit Musical Marvels

Straight from school I took the kids to Mummy E’s to get tea and ready for the big night ahead. I think the adults were more excited than the children, all being big fans.

Wallace and Gromit Musical Marvels at the Sage Gateshead

The Sage is situated in Gateshead which is right next to Newcastle. We have always called this ‘The Cloud’ to the kids, as from a distance when you look from Newcastle it just looks like a shiny silver cloud. It really is something magical when you get close to it.

Jake, Grace and Logan found this musical instrument against a wall nearby, so we had to photograph of course as it is very fitting for the evenings event.

Arriving for Wallace and Gromit Musical Marvels

We picked our tickets up when we arrived. There are many doors into the show, giving us a certain door location on our ticket which then had us entering right near our seats, which was very useful.

We had arrived in good time and watched the room fill. There was such a great atmosphere and the room all awaiting for the show to start at 6.30.

There was many families, couples, friends, singulars. A good variety of everyone as Wallace and Gromit is now  turning 30! It was first aired in November 1989 with The Grand Day Out. Which a month later I was born too. So yes, a lot of great and marvellous things happened in 1989!

Let The Wallace and Gromit Musical Marvels Begin

Everyone’s favourite dynamic duo as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion Gromit… What could possibly go wrong?!

The interactive experience featured specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp.

Orchestra at The Sage Gateshead for Wallace and Gromit Musical Marvels

Our show started at 6.30pm, instantly starting with a Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody, this is a big favourite song for us at Family Clan so this was amazing to watch being played by many different instruments in the orchestra.

There was specially created animation for the show and it was brilliant, we had Matthew Sharp on stage talking about plans with Wallace, whilst Matthew is talking, Wallace would then talk back on screen.

Such as you can see below in their telephone conversation.

Orchestra at The Sage Gateshead for Wallace and Gromit Musical Marvels

Grace loved this part, and kept questioning that how Wallace was talking on the screen to the ‘real life’ person on the stage.

Bringing it even more to life, Wallace then posted a musical piece through the tube, and Matthew would then collect it from the tube near him. This kids and audience were gasped by this.

Many musical pieces were played.

We then had a interval for about 10-15 minutes. I bumped into a group of friends who I hadn’t seen for a while so it was great to catch up with them and their family.

After the short interval

When we returned to our seats awaiting for the second half to start,  we had the delights of speaking to Matthew Sharp, all three kids were shocked that “the man on the stage was right here.” He was a lovely man and really took the time to say hello and didn’t seem rushed off.

We were now going to be treated to The Wrong Trousers short film on screen, with all music played by Picture House Orchestra.

It has been a little while since I watched this film, so it was such a great treat to re-watch it with the orchestra.

Throughout the film the orchestra played at different parts, some of the high tension areas the music would get more intense, my kids did both cling into me at these times. It does show what music can do, as they wouldn’t have been like this if they were just watching the film without the orchestra.

Going onto the train race they perked up, and music now livening up, commenting on how fast Gromit was placing tracks to chase Feathers McGraw. Laughs by all once he was caught in the milk bottle!

Our Thoughts

The whole evening was such a magical experience. We even brought Jensen who has just turned 1, he enjoyed it we could really tell. We did expect him to get unsettled as all babies do, but he really shocked us, he sat and watched all night!

Passing him from parent to parent he just sat watching and we even heard a few giggles from him. He was the quietest one of the night!

After the show ended and Daddy S treated the kids to ice cream, how lucky! With a beautiful view being in the sage, you are treated to such great photographic opportunities in Newcastle and Gateshead.

This Carrot Productions show was really great family time out. There are still shows available for Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Why not book yourselves a family tickets and treat the family. You can purchase them on the Carrot Productions Website.

Mummy H

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11 Thoughts to “Wallace and Gromit – A Grand Night Out”

  1. fionajk42

    This sounds like a great show. I wonder if they will bring it to Merseyside, then I could take my granddaughter.

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