Huggers is a mad mix of a family cabaret / comedy show, with various acts popping along to perform to a bus load of children. Host Nik Coppin is genial, gently teasing front row siblings into giving each other a hug. The packed bus enjoy his banter, but as it’s a day with five acts, not the usual four, it’s quickly time to move on.
First act David Burke encouraged a singalong of “Old MacDonald had a safari”, which some joined in with gusto. Erich McElroy was next, trying magic with oranges. Next up was Eden Rivers of “Stay at Home Dad” show, who taught the children how to get chips whenever they wanted them. Magician Patrick McCullagh was great fun. His duck noises grabbed attention on the rowdy bus, his participation game was hilarious, and his balloon tricks impressed even my toddler. Finally, Mike ‘Dr Blue’ Mckeon led the audience in split harmony singing, although I could have done without getting the Postman Pat theme stuck in my head.
This is – quite deliberately – a mix of a show. Acts will vary from show to show, but most are experienced family entertainers, and with extra shows added at weekends, it’s clearly popular.
Reviewed by Gill Smith
Laughing Horse @ the Free Sisters
To 26th August
15:00 to 16:00
Additional shows added Friday to Sunday (to 26th) 11:15 to 12:15