Our First Children’s Theatre Show
We actually decided to form our children’s theatre company back in November 2014 – both of us were taking our young children to other groups and thinking, ‘We could do this!’
We both felt that children in Bristol needed a fun, colourful theatre show with puppets, silly stories, and crazy characters, and between us, we definitely had the skills to do it.
And so, Monkey Trousers Theatre was created! Hooray!
The concept of Mr Gotalot and his magical Gotalot Shop followed soon after – but before we could even start thinking about performing our show, we had to have help from our amazing friends with lots of things like marketing, building a website, and even designing the make-up for our main characters!
Soon, we were nearly ready for the first performance of Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop: The Pants of Power. There were a lot of props to make, including a whole range of special underpants – we needed shiny ones, furry ones, and even some very stinky ones!! We also had to learn all our lines, and rehearse the songs, and the dances, and a very cool superhero rap – we even taught ourselves how to play the kazoo!
Luckily, we had sell-out audiences for all six shows we did for our opening weekend. Everybody (children and adults!) enjoyed our story about a superhero that needed a brand new pair of powerful pants!
So what did we do next?
Bristol’s Children’s Theatre Sitcom for Kids!
We created another show, of course!
We really wanted to keep momentum going, so a few months later, we opened the second episode of our theatrical sitcom for kids, Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop: The Snot Rocket! There was a new story and a new guest star, but we still had our popular main characters: the puppet shopkeeper Mr Gotalot, evil landlady Ms Barnet, and young hero Sidney the shop boy. Plus lots of jokes, silliness, and audience interaction – we wanted the kids in our audiences to feel like they were part of the show.
The Snot Rocket was also a sell-out run, so we decided that what Bristol needed was MORE Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop! A sitcom has lots of episodes, right?? That autumn we performed our spooky spectacular The Chinchilla Thriller, and early the following year, our festive special, Santa School.
Our theatrical sitcom for kids was still hugely successful, so we kept doing more, including some very exclusive performances of The Great British Cheese Off at the Bristol Old Vic before it closed for refurbishment. We had a go at a crime thriller episode with the next one, The Cheese Burglar, and a science fiction time travel episode after that, The Crystal Cheese.
Our most recent episode of the theatrical sitcom for kids, The Cheese Party, was performed at Bristol’s The Wardrobe Theatre in 2020, just before lockdown – and we can’t wait to get back there and finish our run!
Can We Do Children’s Theatre Online?
Well, we are having a very good go at it!
Now, instead of performing in theatres around Bristol, we make funny videos for kids and post them on our fantastic YouTube channel Gotalot TV!
It is not easy to recreate episodes of our children’s theatre shows online, so we have had to adapt. Making videos is very different to making theatre! We do have a special online episode of theatrical sitcom Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop that we have filmed, and we hope to release it on Gotalot TV very, very soon.
What was your favourite of our children’s theatre shows?
In the meantime, help celebrate our sixth birthday by looking back at all our children’s theatre shows here on our website – which one was YOUR favourite?
And don’t forget, you can always catch up with the hilarious antics of Mr Gotalot and his friends on our YouTube channel Gotalot TV any time you like, and for free!