Anyone familiar with Zog by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (and I bet there are loads of you) won’t be disappointed by the current show at The Lowry in Salford. 

Zog is a fantastic show for young kids, full of energy and packed with lively songs, puppets, excitement and anticipation from start to finish. 

At one-hour long, the performance is a perfect length for its target audience. The heart-warming dragon adventures come to life in a bright and colourful set, with engaging performers.

Photo by Mark Senior

Adapted and directed by Emma Kilbey, the play is centred around loveable Zog who works tirelessly over the course of his five years in dragon school to obtain a gold star while facing his fears, overcoming obstacles, building his confidence, and trying to be a good dragon. After he strikes up a beautiful friendship with a princess, the play highlights the value of a good friend and the importance they play in helping you to grow in confidence and supporting you through life’s ups and downs.

The dragon puppets in this show are impressive – the dexterity of the actors means that Zog, Edwin and Ronnie swoop over the audience in the stalls. Meanwhile, the performers encourage audience participation and we saw loads of little ones (including my youngest) shouting, waving, clapping and singing along to the catchy tunes.

Zog is a proper family show (lots of grandparents were evident) and a must-see for any Donaldson fans. This month is also a perfect time to visit The Lowry as the Julia & Axel exhibition is currently on display and includes Charlie Cook’s Reading Nook, The Gruffalo Kitchen & Play area, and The Lookout. There’s also the Zog Academy, where little ones can learn how to be a dragon and earn a gold star – just like Zog.

By Lisa Wood

Main image: Zog company by Mark Senior 

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Zog. Photo by Mark Senior.

Zog is at The Lowry until September 3, 2023. Tickets start at £17. For more information, click here.

Zog is recommended for children aged 3+ but all little ones are welcome