Half Term Horrors 2/5 – Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine

Time travelling fun at the theatre!

Day 2
N was feeling a bit better after a quiet day at home so today we venured out. I managed to get last minute tickets to Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine at the Worthing Connaught Theatre, so we all piled into the car for some time travelling fun.

The show featured one of the kids’ favorite Cbeebies stars Andy Day. Having watched him presenting Cbeebies earlier in the morning, the kids were concerned how he would get to the theatre on time from the Cbeebies house. After sitting in a traffic jam for 10 mins I was more concerned about how we’d get there in time to collect the tickets but fortunately we made it with a few minutes to spare.


Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine is a fun time travelling show with references to Back to the Future that the grown ups in the audience appreciated (for example the time machine is powered by a flush capacitor). The audience were encouraged to get involved from the moment the curtain went up, a game of “egyptian hand ball” setting the tone. The children loved the whole thing and struggled to choose their favorite moments. N (6) enjoyed working out how the shrinking box trick worked while H (4) loved all the physical humour (she’s a slapstick fan). I loved all of the improvised banter between the two actors. I was particularly impressed with the way Andy and Mike interacted with volunteers from the audience. Somehow they managed to walk the tightrope of keeping an audience of adults and children laughing whilst treating their volunteers with respect (well as much respect as a grown man wearing a wig, tutu and moustache can demand). After the show everyone got the chance to meet Andy and Mike and the kids came home with autographs, stickers and enormous grins.

By the time we got out of the theatre we’d missed lunch so we stopped at McDonalds on the way home. It was an odd experience as we shared the restaurant with several other young families, an aging heavy rock band and their crew. The kids weren’t remotely interested in these strange old men with wrinkled tatoos and big hair trying to attract attention as they fed the seagulls on the steps of their hired minibus. They were far more interested in deciding where they would go in a time machine…

Tour dates for Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine can be found at: http://www.andyandmike.com

Image taken from http://andyandmike.com Copyright 2012 Cheeky-Chap Productions