Our family loves Aliens Love Underpants.
As a book, it does everything an under-five loves. It’s colourful, it’s written in catchy rhyme, and it’s about pants. Oh yes, we laugh our pants off every time.
As a play, I was intrigued to see how it would work. After all, there’s not much plot. Aliens swoop down and steal pants from washing lines, so that they can admire them and play games with them. Underpant trampolines and long john slides – magic stuff.
The on-stage version is all-singing and all-dancing. Aliens appear in a young boy’s bedroom, and the lucky young man then gets a trip to the alien’s planet. He visits their underpants museum, where Kylie’s hot pants are the top attraction, then swoops back down to earth. No-one believes his trip, but ain’t that always the way when it comes to alien abductions?
The cast is tuneful, the songs catchy (I’m still singing Aliens love underpants, I bet you never knew…) and the puppet aliens cute and cuddly. There are loud noises, colourful scenery, and a space ship to admire. The entire show takes about 50 minutes, and there’s lots of audience interaction. Children get to yell out their favourite style of underpants, and help choose the name of the show. What’s that you say? Donkeys love underpants?!
My nearly-four-year-old loved the show. Judging by the noise his fellow theatre-goers made, so did they.
It’s noisy, colourful, catchy and fun and a great first theatrical experience. Oh, and the ‘tippy-up’ seats at the theatre went down well too.